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No, Rahul Gandhi’s Picture Was Not Displayed On Dubai’s Burj Khalifa

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Rumour

Congress Party tweeted that Rahul Gandhi will be on a two-day trip to Dubai on 11th and 12th Jan. Following this, a video is being widely shared on social media showing how Rahul Gandhi was welcomed in Dubai.

Congress Social media head for the Minority Department Sameer Hoda a tweeted a video claiming that Rahul Gandhi’s picture was showcased on the Burj Khalifa during a light show to welcome Rahul Gandhi.

The video shows a sound and light display on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper and at the end, Rahul Gandhi image appears. You can watch the video here:

Another Congress supporter Rajiv Tyagi shared the same video with a similar claim.

The video is being widely circulated on Facebook and Twitter to show how Rahul Gandhi was honoured in Dubai before his visit to Dubai.

Our Investigation

We noticed the video has a watermark of “Biugo” on the top-right corner. Biugo is a video editing application for Android. Installing the app, one finds out that it has a feature in which any picture can be super-imposed on the Burj Khalifa and to make it seem as if it is a light show.

We downloaded the app to test and found that the home screen of the application has various templates including one of the Burj Khalifa. It has a feature in which any picture can be super-imposed on the Burj Khalifa and to make it seem as if it is a light show.

We then searched for media reports covering this incident but couldn't find any to substantiate the claim. We found that on 2nd Oct 2018, Burj Khalifa was lit up with Mahatma Gandhi's picture and his quotes on his 150th birth anniversary. The official Twitter handle of Burj Khalifa had tweeted about it as well.

Fact

No, Rahul Gandhi's picture was not displayed on Burj Khalifa to honour him. The video was created using an android application Biugo.

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