Dubai's Burj Khalifa lit up with image of New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern
Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum praised Ardern for her support to the Muslim community after last week's Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 50 worshippers.
He also praised New Zealand's communities for standing in solidarity with their Muslim neighbours.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in his Twitter message, "New Zealand today fell silent in honour of the mosque attacks' martyrs. The government's wise management of the ordeal and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's sincere empathy and support has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world. Thank you Jacinda Ardern and Thank you New Zealand".
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
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among the thousands of mourners who gathered at a park in front of the Al-Noor mosque During Friday prayer, followed by two minutes of silence. Azaan (call to prayer) was broadcast nationally across all free-to-air TV and radio stations.