Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, was on Wednesday lit up in tri-colours - saffron, white and green - showcasing India's 68th Republic Day, displaying strong cultural and trade bond between India and the UAE.

The LED shows were held thrice and will be repeated on Thursday along with complimenting Dubai Fountain shows.

"The visual expression of the tri-colors underlined the solidarity of the UAE and its people with India, with which the nation shares strong cultural and trade ties," said Dubai-based real estate company, Emaar, in a statement.

The building in Dubai, which stands at 823 metres, was named in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE.

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade on Thursday.

Here is how an overwhelmed Twitter reacted to the gesture: