Burj Khalifa lights up to mark Philippine Independence Day

UAE leaders sent messages of congratulations to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

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The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, lit up on Wednesday evening to mark the 121st Philippines Independence Day.

People gathered to see a projection of the Philippine flag with its sun and three stars on the Dubai skyscraper, which glowed in red, blue and white.

The UAE's leaders also sent their congratulations to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The President, Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, wrote to Mr Duterte, the state news agency Wam reported.

There are more than 750,000 Filipinos living in the UAE, almost 25 per cent of the population of Dubai.