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In these unprecedented times, showing solidarity and helping one another cope through messages of hope and positivity is not only uplifting but also inspiring. The UAE’s gesture to commemorate Europe Day this year was of similar significance, sparking emotions across the world. By Manya Saini

In celebration of Europe Day, the flag of the European Union draped the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building with the message “Stronger Together.” It was also displayed on the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s headquarters, which is one the tallest skyscrapers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

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The foundation of the EU is commemorated every year on May 9, to reiterate its values of peace, solidarity, and unity of European nations. As per reports, Andrea Matteo Fontana, the Ambassador of the European Union and the EU delegation to the UAE were delighted at the token of friendship. They also expressed gratitude for the gesture, as through these difficult times it is not possible for people to meet and celebrate the historic day together.

This year marked the 70th anniversary of the ‘Schuman declaration’ when the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman had first spelt out his vision for a united Europe. The treaty was signed a year later, the date when the proposal was first expressed in 1950, is today celebrated as Europe Day. The EU has time and again given aid to countries across the world when they have faced a crisis. It is also the largest contributor to climate finance and donor of development aid.

 

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Earlier this month, the facade of the Burj Khalifa was lit up as the ‘world’s tallest donation box’ as part of a campaign aimed to provide 10 million meals to low-income people hit by the novel Coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown restrictions.

The world-renowned skyscraper regularly stands in solidarity during times of crisis, it had displayed a feature for Australia after bushfires ravaged the country as well as for China and Italy when they were hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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