Ballooning love ...

ABU DHABI - A gigantic balloon flag, claimed to be the largest in the Middle East, and made up of 16,840 balloons, was assembled outside the Marina Mall, alongside the largest UAE human flag yesterday, forming an interesting pictorial snapshot from the air.

By Anupama V. Chand

Published: Sun 18 Jan 2004, 12:26 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:26 AM

The red, white, black and green balloons, from Balloons Establishment, were an eye-catching display, and were intended to be released into air immediately after the speech of the event's patron, Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. It, was however, not to be, with authorities turning down permission for releasing such a colossus into the air uncontrolled, on the grounds of possible problems for air traffic, among other things. So, organisers contended with releasing the balloons individually after the event was finished.

"The UAE human flag, and this balloon flag have helped give people a chance to express their love and loyalty to the President, and to show their allegiance to Shaikh Zayed and his message of progress and peace," said HCT sources at the venue.

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