The world’s tallest building has been lit up with a picture of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugging a mourning woman following the Christchurch terror attack.
The 828-metre Burj Khalifa was illuminated with the image on Friday and Sheik Mohammed, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of the emirate of Dubai, shared a snap on Twitter thanking Ms Ardern for her support.
New Zealand today fell silent in honour of the mosque attacks’ martyrs. Thank you PM @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world. pic.twitter.com/9LDvH0ybhD
– HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 22, 2019
The word ‘peace’ was marked above the picture in both English and Arabic to honour the 50 people that lost their lives in the attack earlier this month.
According to the MailOnline, it was projected on the same day New Zealand had broadcast the Muslim call to prayer on national television and radio.
Many people responded to the tweet, with one person saying: “Our PM reflects the hearts of the New Zealand people.”
A poster featuring a drawing of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hangs on a wall at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand. Credit: PA
Another added: “Only if the rest of us could follow this amazing example and learn how to spread love and not hate.”
A third commented: “Thank you to His Highness the Ruler of Dubai. Thank you to the New Zealand Prime Minister for your leadership among all the people of New Zealand and to show love towards the Muslim community. Showing equality.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern waves as she leaves Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. Credit: PA
The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks which happened during Friday Prayer on 15 March.
The terrorists live-streamed the sickening attack, with the first happening at Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the second at the Linwood Islamic Centre.
Following the attacks, Ms Ardern announced that there would be a ban on all types of semi-automatic weapons, adding that the new legislation would be in place by 11 April.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reacts during a briefing in Wellington, capital of New Zealand, on March 16, 2019. Credit: PA
She said: “Our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too.”
An amnesty has been imposed so that any owners of these weapons can hand them in, and a buy-back scheme will follow.
According to the BBC, this could cost up to NZ $200 million (US $138m / £104m), but Ms Ardern said: “That is the price that we must pay to ensure the safety of our communities.”
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@HHShkMohd