Donald Trump elected President: Here is Dubai's Twitter reaction
Here is Dubai Twitter’s reaction to the result, plus a look back on the discussion from the GCC during his campaign…
In a shocking result, Donald Trump is about to become the 45th President of the United States.
The man who praised Dubai’s airports but was incendiary about Islam has just given his acceptance speech. During it he promised to “double the growth” of the US, also saying that his nation “will get along with any nations willing to get along with us”. Remember, he doesn’t actually become President until next year.
So what does this mean for life in Dubai? Well we’ll bring you more on that soon, but for now here’s some of the reaction on Twitter from people talking about Dubai (or those living in Dubai):
And here’s a reminder of what the GCC said about Trump during his election campaign…
THE GCC ON TRUMP
Donald Trump at a press conference this month.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
The multi-billionaire Saudi prince expressed his feeling toward the controversial frontrunner for the Republican nomination on Twitter: “You are a disgrace not only to the GOP [Republican Party] but to all America.” Adding: “Withdraw from the US presidential race as you will never win.”
Trump responded with: “Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected.”
Khalaf Al Habtoor
The prominent UAE businessman has provided words of support for Trump in the past, but it seems his closing borders stunt is a step too far.
Al Habtoor told CNN: “I view him as the biggest enemy of Islam. He is a man supporting ISIS… he is encouraging them, this is what they want to hear.”
The retail giant behind Splash, Centrepoint, Home Centre, Iconic, Emax and many other stores, has removed all Trump Home products from their 195 Lifestyle stores across the Middle East due to his anti-Islam statements. Read more about that here.
Dubai Police Chief
Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the deputy chairman of police and general security in Dubai, took to Twitter to warn that there would be a “clash of civilizations” if Trump won – which references political scientist Samuel P. Huntington’s theory that future wars in the world will be fought between religious and cultural divides rather than country lines.