Fact Check: Digital art falsely shared as video of Hurricane Shaheen as seen from Burj Khalifa

A 24-second video of a massive storm formation close to a coastal city is going viral with the claim that it is Hurricane Shaheen on the coast of Oman as seen from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  24 Oct 2021 10:20 AM GMT
Fact Check: Digital art falsely shared as video of Hurricane Shaheen as seen from Burj Khalifa

Hyderabad: A 24-second video of a massive storm formation close to a coastal city with lightning and rain visible in the eye of the storm is going viral with the claim that it is Hurricane Shaheen on the coast of Oman as seen from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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Fact Check:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter broke down the video into keyframes using InVid's video verification tool and reverse searched the images.

We found a September 2019 report by Australian news website 7News which had debunked a similar claim that it was Hurricane Dorian moving towards Miami, Florida. It had also identified the video as digital art by Brent Shavnore.

Taking a cue from this, we searched for the official Instagram account of Brent Shavnore and found that the artist had posted the same video there.

The Associated Press, in a report from 2019, had also debunked the claim that the image showed Hurricane Dorian in Florida. "Shavnore confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that the image was digital. He said he makes YouTube tutorials that teach people how to make digital art similar to his," the report said.

We also compared the viral video with Shavnore' digital art video and confirmed that they are the same.


Hence, the claim that the viral video shows Hurricane Shaheen on the shores of Oman as seen from Burj Khalifa is false.


Claim Review:Video taken from Burj Khalifa in Dubai shows Hurricane Shaheen on the shores of Oman.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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