Social media users cheered as the first 100 per cent Emirati-made satellite KhalifaSat soared into the sky. Netizens also took on the challenge and shared their excitement regarding the one-month-long #DubaiFitnessChallenge. The long awaited Asia Bibi blasphemy case from Pakistan also made a top trend this week.
The first 100 per cent Emirati-engineered and developed satellite manufactured in the UAE at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai. Emiratis took on social media since the early hours of the morning to express their delight following the successful launch of KhalifaSat into orbit at 8:08am.
@Lolowa_K: The UAE is proud to have launched #KhalifaSat a satellite fully made by Emirati hands! I cannot describe the feeling I get, watching my country take a huge step towards space.
Dubai Fitness Challenge
The Dubai Fitness Challenge started and thousands of people on an adrenaline high turned out for the start of the second annual, 30-day Dubai Fitness Challenge. Netizens shared their fitness routines on social media platforms and encouraged others to take part.
@GoldChelle: My 4th day I’m doing some abs exercises #DubaiFitnessChallenge
World’s tallest statue
India unveiled a record-breaking 597-foot bronze statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a political leader celebrated for his part on the Indian independence struggle. However, social media users had mixed reactions. While some users appreciated the new statue, others were not happy.
@DibyenduKumarD7: We know very well Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Please don’t waste money in a statue.
Social media to the rescue
Pakistani singer Fakhr-e-Alam, who has been on a globetrotting mission called #MissionParwaaz since October 9, hit a speed bump on his journey and social media users came to his rescue. His friend and actor, Faysal Quraishi, posted a tweet on his behalf,
@sabidlis: @ImranKhanPTI @OfficialDGISPR Need your support for @falamb3 Fakhr-e-Alam urgently to resolve the issue of his visa for Russia. He is our pride. He needs our support.
Asia bibi acquitted
Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned a Christian woman’s blasphemy death sentence on Wednesday.
In acquitting Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges, the court declared the death penalty handed down to her by a session court null and void. Social media praised the court decision.
@fbhutto: Hope all, including Asia Bibi’s family and lawyer, will be given protection as she leaves the jail cell that she should never have spent a single day in.