Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Diwali greetings

  • Shaikh Mohammad shared a Diwali greeting on his official twitter account in both English and Hindi.
  • He invited residents to share images of their Diwali celebrations using #UAEDiwali.

Dubai: Today, Hindus around the world are celebrating the festival of lights, Diwali. And while the residents of the UAE were sharing their wishes on social media, using the hashtag #HappyDiwali, they received a surprise.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, shared a Diwali greeting on his official twitter account in both English and Hindi. He even invited residents to share images of their Diwali celebrations on twitter using the hashtag #UAEDiwali.

He wrote: “On behalf of the people of the UAE. I wish @narendramodi and all who are celebrating Diwali a happy and joyful festival. May the light of love and hope shine on us all. I encourage you to share your pictures of Diwali celebrations in the United Arab Emirates! #UAEDiwali”

Tweeps were overjoyed with his message and immediately started responding with their own greetings and pictures.

@jollywell tweeted: “HH Shaikh Mohammad, wish you a happy Diwali, too.”

Tweep @cruisehunksKB wrote: “Happy Diwali from Dubai honourable Shaikh Mohammad. UAE is really a wonderful country. I like Dubai very much. Hope to see the fireworks in the evening.”

@prashantk449 tweeted: “May this Diwali light your dreams and hopes. May it shower everything good in your life and fill each day with good moments.”

Tweep @27Shaini added: “Thanks Sir for wishing us. You are the best. It is a privilege for me to be working as security guard in the UAE. #MY_UAE”

Over the years, Diwali has become a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith. Read about the various nuances of how Diwali or Deepavali, the magnificent Festival of Lights, is observed in the four quadrants of India.

In Dubai, an Emirates-branded Mithai truck also went around the city, giving away Diwali delights.

Around three hours after the wish went up, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to Shaikh Mohammad’s tweet with his own greetings, in English and Arabic.

He posted on his official twitter account, @narendramodi: “Thank you for the splendid Diwali wishes, Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Wishing you a Happy Diwali as well. Your personal commitment towards robust India-UAE relations adds great strength to our bilateral ties. @HHShkMohd”