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Viral Video Does Not Show Dubai Prince Celebrating Indian Independence Day

Neither did the Dubai police organise a celebration for India nor is the man seen in the video a prince.

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A video showing some people in Dubai celebrating India's Independence Day is going viral on social media to claim that the Dubai prince along with Dubai police organised a celebration for India on 15 August.

Neither did the Dubai police organise a celebration for India nor is the man seen in the video a prince.

An archive can be seen here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

(Archives of similar claims can be seen here and here.)

What's the truth?: The video shows an Indian content creator based in Dubai, Idqbal Hatboor.

  • It does not show Prince of Dubai, Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

  • The celebration was organised by Hatboor and not by the Dubai police.

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How did we find out the truth?: The viral video carried a username '@Iqbaal_hatboor', we looked for this username on Instagram and Facebook.

  • We found out that Iqbaal Hatboor is a content creator on social media based in Dubai, UAE.

  • He shared the same viral video on his Facebook and Instagram on 15 August and 18 August, respectively.

  • The caption stated that he was celebrating Indian's 77th Independence day at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and this was attended by Dubai police.

Neither did the Dubai police organise a celebration for India nor is the man seen in the video a prince.

An archive can be seen here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

  • He also posted pictures from the celebrations which can be viewed here.

  • We also found a post from 2019 which showed Hatboor with the actually crown prince of Dubai, Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Neither did the Dubai police organise a celebration for India nor is the man seen in the video a prince.

This can be seen here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

  • Malayalam language news channel, Mathrubhumi, also covered this as Hatboor hails from Kasargod, Kerala.

We reached out to Hatboor: The Quint reached out to Hatboor via social media platforms to clarify the claims around him.

  • He dismissed the claims about Dubai police organising the celebration for India and also denied being the prince of Dubai.

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Conclusion: Neither Dubai police nor the Dubai prince organise this event for Indian Independence day in Burj Khalifa, Dubai, as claimed in the viral posts.

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Topics:  Dubai   Fact Check   Independence Day 

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