Fact Check: Old Video Of Dubai Police Playing Indian National Anthem Linked To Recent Independence Day Celebrations

A video is being shared on social media with a claim that Dubai Police played India’s National Anthem on the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day on August 15, 2021. 

The video is being shared on Facebook with a caption that reads, “India Independence day celebration 2021… Dubai police…..UAE.”

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING.

Doing a Reverse Image Search of keyframes from the video directed us to a YouTube video uploaded on October 26, 2019. The viral video can be seen at 1:23 minute timestamp. The video description reads, “Indian National Anthem Played by Dubai Police | UAE and INDIA Friendship.” 

Taking a cue from this, we found many news articles from 2019 which reported the same incident. According to a news report by India Today, ‘The Dubai Police band played the National Anthem of India during an event ahead of Diwali in front of a cheerful audience’. Check a similar news article here.

More searches led us to a tweet by Gulf News dated October 24, 2019, that carried the same viral video. The tweet text read, “Dubai Police band plays India’s national anthem during the mega Diwali celebrations at Dubai Festival City.”

Thus, it is evident from the above information that a video from 2019 of Dubai Police playing India’s National Anthem is being linked to India’s Independence Day celebrations in Dubai this year. Therefore, the viral claim is misleading. 



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