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Viral photo does not show Nanyuki, a town in central Kenya

IN SHORT: A photo of impressive transport infrastructure and imposing buildings is not from Nanyuki in Kenya – or any other town in the African country. It shows Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

A photo doing the rounds on Facebook in Kenya shows a three-lane highway running parallel to an elevated rapid transit system and a huge building in the background.

The photo has been posted with a claim that it shows part of Nanyuki, a town in Laikipia county in central Kenya.

“A rare photo of Nanyuki Town the media will never show you,” one Facebook user captioned the photo.

But does it show a view of Nanyuki or any other town in Kenya? We checked.


Photo from Dubai

A reverse image search of the photo led to a number of similar photos, all described as showing part of the transport infrastructure in Dubai, a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates. 

The building in the background appears to be Atlantis, The Palm hotel, on the Palm Jumeirah island

The photo does not show any town in Kenya.

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