When Emirates posted an incredible image online appearing to show a
diamond-encrusted aircraft, it unsurprisingly sent the internet into a
The stunning picture showed one of the Dubai-based carrier’s Boeing 777s with what appeared to be a bling-y festive makeover.
But it turned out that all was not as it seemed – the image was actually the result of some very clever Photoshop work.
It was the handiwork of Sara Shakeel, who came up with the idea for the
image after capturing a photo of an Emirates aircraft before flying to
the Italian city of Milan.
The former dentist often posts pictures to her Instagram account that she edits to give them a bejewelled makeover.
When she posted the 777 picture it quickly became very popular indeed,
garnering hundreds of thousands of views, and the airline itself even
re-posted it with the caption ‘Presenting the Emirates “Bling” 777.
Image created by @SaraShakeel.’
This led to some on social media believing that it was a real plane with
‘sanat_pr’ asking: ‘Is this real or Photoshop’, while ‘manasatluri’
added: ‘Is this real or am I dreaming? Please say this is real, it’s so
But others, according to Dailymail UK, questioned how the plane would be able to fly with the added weight of the diamonds.
In a bid to clarify the viral news, she shared another photo and wrote:
“So My plane has been on the news lately, confirming whether it’s real
or not, so before I took off I took another picture just to let you guys
know it’s real.
P.s thank you guys! I truly and honestly made
the diamond plane for the love of the trip and the excitement! Never in a
million years did I know it’ll end up on news/tv/trending on #twitter
all over the place! So thank you a million times!”