No, a photo of Lord Ram was not projected on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa on January 22

By: Soham Shah
January 23 2024

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No, a photo of Lord Ram was not projected on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa on January 22

A social media post and a report by Aaj Tak claiming that Burj Khalifa was lit up with Ram’s photo with a ‘Fake’ sticker overlaid. (Source: Aaj Tak/Modified by Logically Facts)


The Verdict Fake

The original image has been online since 2019 and does not have an image of Lord Ram, which has been edited onto the Dubai skyscraper.

Claim ID 26a14672

What is the claim?

A report published by Aaj Tak on January 23, 2024, claimed that a photo of the Hindu deity Lord Ram was displayed on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai on January 22, in celebration of the consecration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. This report has since been updated, but an archived version can be accessed here.

Screenshot of the report published by Aaj Tak (Source: Aaj Tak)

Viral posts on social media platforms, including X (formerly known as Twitter) and Facebook, echoed a similar claim that the Burj Khalifa displayed an image of Lord Rama for the occasion. Archived versions of these posts can be accessed here and here.

X posts claiming image of Ram was displayed on the Burj Khalifa (Source:X)

However, our investigation found no evidence that an image of Lord Ram was displayed on the Burj Khalifa on January 22.

What is the truth?

A Yandex reverse image search revealed a Pinterest post featuring the same image of the building but without Lord Ram’s image. This post linked to a blog entry on 'Julia’s Album,' dated October 22, 2019, which used an identical image of the building.

By comparing features of the Burj Khalifa, such as the positions of the cranes and the lit windows, we confirmed the images were identical.

Comparison of the real image and the viral image (Source: Julia’s Album, X)

Although the blog did not specify the source or date of the original image, its online presence since 2019 demonstrates that it could not have originated on January 22, 2024.

Furthermore, no such image appears on the official Instagram page of Burj Khalifa, which regularly posts visuals of the building illuminated with various images. Recent posts show no cranes around the Burj Khalifa, further disproving the authenticity of the viral image.

Logically Facts has also reached out to Emaar Entertainment, the company managing the Burj Khalifa's Instagram account, for comment. Updates will follow upon receiving a response.

The verdict

The photo in question is old and edited. Additionally, Burj Khalifa has not published any such photo, and the building in Dubai was not adorned with an image of Lord Ram for the consecration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Thus, we have marked this claim as false.

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