NYC landmark Empire State Building lit in Qatar Airways' colors amid Gulf dispute

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Published 28.06.2017 17:06
People look at the New York skyline with the Empire State Building lit in burgundy and white in honor of Qatar Airways and its 10th Anniversary of flying to the United States, as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey on June 27, 2017. (AFP Photo)
People look at the New York skyline with the Empire State Building lit in burgundy and white in honor of Qatar Airways and its 10th Anniversary of flying to the United States, as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey on June 27, 2017. (AFP Photo)

The Empire State Building in New York City has been lit up in burgundy and white for Qatar Airways amid a diplomatic dispute in the Gulf region involving several Arab countries with Qatar.

The top of the Empire State Building was lit in the airlines' colors Tuesday night to recognize its 10th anniversary of flying to the United States.

Qatar Airways is the state flag carrier of Qatar, a small energy-rich nation now at the center of a diplomatic crisis with other Arab nations.

The dispute has seen countries cut diplomatic ties to Qatar, as well as block air travel routes.

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund in August bought a 9.9 percent stake in the company that owns the Empire State Building for $622 million.

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