On Thursday 12th December 2019 Kenya celebrated Jamhuri day as celebrations went on, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, located in Dubai, With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 feet) and a roof height (excluding antenna) of 828 m (2,717 feet), displayed the Kenyan flag.
The three-minute display commemorated Jamhuri Day, a celebration of 56 years of independence.
It costs AED 250,000 (Ksh 6.9 million) on a weekday from 8 pm to 10 pm with the cost rising to AED 350,000 (Ksh. 9.6million) on a weekend within the same two-hour period.
For five minutes it costs AED 1 million (Ksh. 27.6 million) on a weekday from 7 pm to midnight.
Consulates from the United Arab Emirates get their flags requests and get their flags displayed for free.
Kenya being a non-emirate country leaves the question that paid for it.
Brand Kenya, however, refuted the claims that Kenya had to pay for the display. It is not clear whether it was a free advert or who paid for the display.
Stating that “chema cha jiuza” meaning good things sell themselves.
So, the Kenyan government wants us to believe that the Dubai authorities, saw that Kenya is an amazing country and needed to be displayed for the world to see just like that?
Someone paid for that ad using taxpayers’ money and since it is blowing off, they want to distance themselves.
By Kathleen Francisca