Coronavirus: The UAE Lights Up The Matterhorn In Show Of Solidarity

20 April 2020
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The Swiss mountain was lit up with flags from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and India

Anyone who has seen the Burj Khalifa at night will know that the world’s tallest building is no stranger to spectacular projections and light shows. International messages of solidarity are regularly beamed onto the building’s towering sides, pictures of which are seen around the world.

In September of last year, the Burj Khalifa was adorned with the face of Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati in space.

Now though, the Swiss have responded in kind and beamed the UAE flag onto the Matterhorn. The 4,400m high peak sits on the border between Switzerland and Italy, and last night, in a show of international solidarity, the Swiss lit up the mountain in the UAE colours.

Light art created by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter was used to illuminate the Swiss face of the mountain, in response to international efforts to bring hope in these troubling times.

The coronavirus has now infected well over 2 million people worldwide and caused an unprecedented lockdown of people in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

In Dubai, a mass disinfection programme is underway with reports that over 75 per cent of the city is now disinfected.

Currently there are fewer than seven thousand confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the UAE, with over twelve hundred recoveries.

The UAE is also one of the world leaders in coronavirus testing with over 77,000 tests per million people.

Last night the UAE responded to the Matterhorn light show by illuminating the Burj Khalifa in the colours of the Swiss flag.

As well as the UAE flag, the mountain was also lit with flags from a number of other countries including Saudi Arabia, India and the United States.