UAE: UAE pays tribute to New Zealand Prime Minister

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Dubai's Burj Khalifa on Friday was lit up with an image of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Earlier Friday, thousands of New Zealanders gathered in a park across from the Al Noor Mosque, where one of the attacks took place, to observe the Muslim call to prayer, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who wore a black headscarf.

The country also projected the New Zealand Prime Minister's image on the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure in Dubai.

"New Zealand today fell silent in honour of the mosque attacks' martyrs", Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter.

The peace gatherings come one week after an Islamophobic gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist who was living in Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island, has been charged with murder following the attack.

Fifty people died in the terrorist attacks. The day before, Fouda delivered an impassioned memorial service at a park next to the mosque that was watched globally and in which he praised "unbreakable" New Zealand for uniting in the tragedy's wake.

People attend Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch
People attend Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch

"He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing", she said.

Imam Gamil Fouda told the crowd, "We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken". Others across New Zealand, including news anchors and reporters, joined in the gesture too and shared pictures on social media.

Relatives and other mourners thronged into a Christchurch cemetery where 26 victims of the attack, and one person who died in a auto crash that was unrelated to the mosque shooting, were laid to rest in a mass burial.

"We feel like hate has brought a lot of darkness at times like this and love is the strongest cure to light the city out of that darkness", said Manaia Butler, 16, one of the student organisers of the march.

Ibrahim said she attended Masjid Al Noor, where 42 of the victims were killed, every week and knew most of those affected. "We need to show our Muslim brothers and sisters that we are here for them".

The New Zealand government has imposed a ban on all military-style semi-automatic and automatic assault rifles.

He added that Premier Jacinda Ardern has impressed everyone with her empathetic and compassionate response which shows that kiwiss wear their hearts on their sleeves.

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