Lights out for Earth Hour
Dubai's Burj Khalifa goes dark for global awareness event
Earth Hour, which took place on Saturday evening in Dubai, saved a record 204,000 Kw/h of electricity, and 122,000kg of carbon emissions.
Earth Hour sees iconic buildings, landmarks and residents of countries across the world turning off lights and unplugging unnecessary electrical appliances in a global mark of solidarity to acknowledge our debt to the environment. In Dubai, the Emirate’s Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – sat in darkness.
In Dubai, the event was marked with a traditional Arabic heritage village at Emaar’s Burj Plaza in Downtown, and was followed by an Earth Hour walk.
Commenting on the event, HE Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA said: “For residents to participate in the Earth Hour initiative shows the elite awareness in the community about the importance of conservation and the good work that DEWA has undertaken over the years to raise the importance of conservation in the Emirate.”
Earth Hour is the world’s largest climate-related community action on the planet. Started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned off their lights to take a stand against climate change, Earth Hour has grown to become a global sustainability movement where hundreds of millions of people from every continent join together to acknowledge the importance of protecting our planet.