On Tuesday, a picture of a diamond-encrusted Emirates aeroplane was tweeted by the airline’s official Twitter handle, which left netizens bemused. In the blinding pic one can see the bedazzled aeroplane with thousands of diamonds, and it left many wondering whether it was real or not. One Twitter user asked Emirates, “Are you playing with physics & aerodynamics?” Another wondered, “Is it real?” Even the reactions were curated into their own Twitter Moment.
Notably, the caption of the picture itself clarified that the plane is not really a diamond-studded one. Emirates wrote while sharing the pic, “Presenting the Emirates ‘Bling’ 777. Image created by Sara Shakeel.”
According to a news published in Khaleej Times, Sara Shakeel is a crystal artist with a strong Instagram following of over 4.8 lakh.
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✨This is something I have to share!!! 🌸Remember 2 days ago I announced my #nomination for Best Visual Artist for Glamour Talent Awards and how I had to fly to #milan but was waiting for my visa ! Waiting for a miracle ! Everyone of you ! I mean each and EVERYONE OF you messaged me , commenting , letting me know I’ll get my visa and praying for it! Well I have to share this GOOD GOOD NEWS with you! ( cause I swear to GOD I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS) The very next day I got a call from the embassy , got an appointment, and today , the second I entered the room , with sweet Christmas celebration items scattered here & there, the woman came to me smiling , telling me that she knows me since the day I started my #glitterstretchmarks series and was a huge fan of my work! I mean wow! I just looked up at the sky! Smiling ! Thanking each and everyone of you for praying for me!!!!! My art! So to cut the story short!!!! Ladies & Gentlemen ! I am officially heading to Milan for the @glamouritalia Talent Awards !!!! & I Can’t wait to share the love with all of you 💎💎💎💎💎 and once again THANK YOU! For the power of love and prayers!!!!! It is you and will ALWAYS BE YOU! My ART IS YOU! 🙏🇮🇹 . . . CollageArt SaraShakeel . . . #art #italy #collageart #artwork #vision #patience #europe #travel #travelblogger #milan #milano #crystals #diamonds #hope #italian #lovemyjob #glamourtalentawards #god #godisgood #fashion
A crystal work by Sara Shakeel
Presenting the Emirates ‘Bling’ 777. Image created by Sara Shakeel 💎💎💎 pic.twitter.com/zDYnUZtIOS
— Emirates Airline (@emirates) December 4, 2018
Apparently, on Tuesday, Ms Shakeel had shared her artwork on Instagram, where it caught the airline’s eye. Emirates liked her picture so much that they asked for her permission to repost it, and even upgraded her flight from Pakistan to Milan.
An Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News, “We just posted an art piece made by crystal artist Sara Shakeel. I can confirm it’s not real”
In the meantime, here’s how tweeple reacted to the image:
I aspire to have this much money 😥
— The Boy⚡️ (@LLchikko) December 6, 2018
Us right now. pic.twitter.com/SLCE4ju4Tx
— Dulles Airport (IAD) (@Dulles_Airport) December 4, 2018