At 8:30pm on Saturday night, lights went off across Dubai in recognition of Earth Hour. Many landmarks around the city, such as Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab, went in to darkness for the iconic one-hour movement.
Ida Tillisch, director general at the Emirates Wildlife Society, said the UAE has a great opportunity to lead by example through domestic and international action on climate change.
However others went next level by holding a candle walk in Abu Dhabi, a special Earth Day walk and many other events that took place by candlelight around the country.
Dewa has also launched the Carbon Neutral Initiative, in cooperation with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, in order to neutralise carbon emissions during Earth Hour.
Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, vice-chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the managing director and CEO of Dewa said “Dubai was the first Arab city to participate in Earth Hour in 2008, to support and incubate initiatives and events that promote public awareness on environmental issue and the sustainable development of the UAE.”