The Dubai skyline was unusually dark on Saturday evening (March 28th) as the emirate showed its commitment to tackling climate change and reducing energy use.
National landmarks including the Burj Al Arab voluntarily turned off their lights at 20:30 local time in support of Earth Hour, a global event organised by the WWF which more than one billion people took part in.
"The cut in electricity of 146,000 kWh shows what can be done when people act collectively to save energy. Now, we hope everyone will build on Earth Hour and save energy every hour of every day," said Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, leading the official public display at The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses in the Australian city switched off their lights for 60 minutes. In 2008, the number of people taking part had grown to more than 50 million.