Hundreds of businesses and homes across the UAE joined Earth Hour, the global initiative started in 2007 to switch off lights and electronic devices for an hour. The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, was among places across the world which switched off its blazing lights for an hour from 8.30pm on Saturday (23 March) night. An Earth Hour Walk was also held in Downtown Dubai. The Burj Al Arab, The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall were among other places which went dark, while residential buildings also took part.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai tweeted: “Sustaining our Earth remains a fundamental principle in our policies. Next generations have the right to inherit a clean & safe environment. The unity of nations and people in addressing the challenges of Climate Change, is the best and shortest path in maintaining the Earth's climate.”
7000 cities and towns around the world also joined in. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi was among places in the capital which switched off too. Around the world, the Houses of Parliament in London and the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as the Empire State Building also took part.