Women in viral UAE-Israel flag picture turn out to be face of historic peace deal

UAE resident Norah Alawadhi’s picture with Israel’s Ronny Gonen with their respective flags in opposition to the backdrop of Burj Khalifa lately went viral on social media.

The picture of the 2 ladies from atop a skyscraper, as they held palms with flags on their again, was first shared by Emirati businessman-cum-writer Hassan Sajwani on the social media platform.

In a couple of hours, the picture went viral and was shared or tweeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ivanka Trump, advisor to the US President Donald Trump, as per a report in Gulf News.

“Exciting picture from Dubai. Peace for peace creates new friends in the Middle East,” Netanyahu posted whereas sharing the picture with the flag emojis of each the international locations.

“Great photo from Dubai,” wrote Ivanka Trump.

From King Norah, Norah Alawadhi grew to become “the girl from the picture of the UAE and Israeli flags in Dubai” on Twitter.


Speaking to Gulf News, Norah mentioned all of it occurred due to a coincident. “The woman holding the Israeli flag is Ronny Gonen, a travel blogger from Israel. She was on a visit here and I was introduced to her by someone I know,” Norah was quoted as saying.

Norah mentioned Ronny requested if she might be a part of her for a photoshoot for her weblog ‘to make an impact’. It was a sure from Norah.

The ladies realised the danger they have been taking for the shoot once they reached the terrace of an 80-storey tower going through Burj Khalifa.

“When we reached that place, my heart just fell out of my chest! We had the whole crew with us and the security approval. But I never knew I had the fear of heights till then. I had never felt so scared of heights even when I went to [the observation deck in] Burj Khalifa. It was scary in that open space above 80 floors,” Norah mentioned.

Norah mentioned Ronny was additionally frightened. “She didn’t want to take even one picture because she thought she was going to fall. But I had more guts to go with it and face my fear. I told myself — just do it. It is for a good purpose. I told Ronny, don’t worry, let’s do it. I said those little words and held her hand. We went closer to the edge. We stood there and she became confident enough,” Norah mentioned.

When the images got here out, Norah mentioned she seen that they have been nonetheless holding palms and smiling taking a look at one another.

On being focused by some on social media, Norah advised Gulf News, “I am proud of myself and what I did for my country. I want to create more things for my country. You have to have the guts to do it. And I was raised with that guts, thanks to my dad who is my biggest inspiration.”

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