United Arab Emirates’ famous skyscraper Burj Khalifa would display the images of Mahatma Gandhi on Friday, as a tribute to mark his 151st birth anniversary, reported PTI.

The images will be displayed on the skyscraper with his relevant messages at 8.15 pm, reported Gulf News,  citing a tweet from the Indian Consulate in Dubai.

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring October 2 as International Day of Non-Violence.

An official of the Indian Consulate was quoted by Gulf News saying, “The special Gandhi show on Burj Khalifa will be live-streamed on social media pages of the consulate. We are thankful to Emaar for their support.”

Along with the display, the Consulate officials are also holding a cleanliness drive in the premises of the mission. A total of  151 trees will be planted on different sites to mark the occasion with the support from the Indian community. 

The annual debate for students which is held under the patronage of the mission at GEMS Our Own Indian School, will be conducted online due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Essay writing and drawing competitions will also be conducted for the students.

In 2018, on the occasion of the 149th birthday of Gandhi, a special LED show on Burj Khalifa marked the commencement of the two-year line up of programmes of 150 years of Gandhian ideologies in the UAE. The show was jointly organised by the Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi, Indian Consulate in Dubai and Emaar Properties and was repeated in 2019 as well.