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World’s tallest building lit up with image of Jacinda Ardern

23 Mar 2019, 11:18

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The Burj Khalifa, an 829-metre-tall skyscraper in Dubai, has been lit up with an image of Jacinda Ardern hugging a woman at the mosque in Kilbirnie, Wellington.

The Burj Khalifa, an 829-metre-tall skyscraper in Dubai, has been lit up with an image of Jacinda Ardern hugging a woman at the mosque in Kilbirnie, Wellington.

The world’s tallest building has been lit up with a giant image of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern embracing a woman at the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington, reports stuff.co.nz.

The Burj Khalifa, an 829-metre-tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, beamed out a photo taken by Wellington photographer Hagen Hopkins for Getty Images, as well as the Arabic word ‘salam’ and its English translation, ‘peace’.

Sheik Mohammed, the prime minister and vice-president of the UAE, and ruler of the emirate of Dubai, tweeted an image with a message of support and thanks for New Zealand.

‘New Zealand today fell silent in honour of the mosque attacks’ martyrs. Thank you PM Jacinda Ardern 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.’

Mohammed is widely credited for driving the construction of the skyscraper.

Ardern has received credit from commentators around the world for her handling of the tragedy.

 

Two glowing editorials by The New York Times were headlined ‘America deserves a leader as good as Jacinda Ardern’, and ‘Jacinda Ardern leads by following no-one’.

The New Yorker ran a piece titled ‘Jacinda Ardern has rewritten the script for how a nation grieves after a terrorist attack’, crediting her empathy and action to ban military-style semi-automatics and insistence on not naming the killer.

Speaking to Stuff, Ardern has downplayed her own role in the nation’s grieving.

‘I don’t think I’m displaying leadership. I just think I’m displaying humanity,’ she said.

‘In politics we can choose to model behaviour... I genuinely believe that all I am modelling are the values of New Zealanders. On every occasion when I’ve had an opportunity to share words, all I’ve reflected in my mind is: ‘What are New Zealanders feeling right now? What are the words I’m hearing expressed around me? How do we all feel?’’

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