Ghana had her national flag arrayed on the World’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, during President Akufo-Addo’s visit to the United Arab Emirate (UAE) for the Dubai Expo last week.
This roused allegations that Ghana paid more than six million dollars to have the colours of her flag displayed on the iconic edifice.
But the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) has issued a notice to debunk it.
It said, “In no uncertain terms, the owner of the Emaar Properties, Dubai, decided to place our national flag on the Burj Khalifa for free as a gesture of goodwill and to honour Ghana and his Excellency, President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, during the Ghana Day Celebration to culminate our participation in the Dubai Expo”.
It also urged Ghanaians to disregard the allegations.
“We proudly express our appreciation to the rulers and people of the United Arab Emirates for their warm hospitality and goodwill to our delegation during the Ghana week”, the GIPC stated.
A similar controversy and allegation hit Uganda in 2019 when the country’s national flag was displayed on Burj Khalifa in 2019 during the country’s 57th Independence Anniversary but as done in Ghana, it was rubbished by the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and Emaar, the real estate development company that owns the magnificent building.
It was alleged that the Ugandan government paid $272,255 for a three-minute display of its flag on the tower, according to pesacheck.org.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini