Dubai/Abu Dhabi: Earth Hour is a remarkable symbol of the pre-dawn darkness. From the dark and suffocating smog of CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases comes a beacon of hope for a sustainable future, as the world unites to ponder over action against climate change.
Hundreds of people, including government officials, families, children and environmentalists gathered at the foot of the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa. With candles and fluorescent lamps in their hands, young and old took part in the Earth Walk.
Under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, the event was organised by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) in association with the Emirates Wildlife Society-World Wide for Nature (EWS-WWF) and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE).
Burj Khalifa led the way as buildings along the usually sparkling Shaikh Zayed Road looked a shadow of their usual selves. Dubai Municipality, the Burj Al Arab, Etisalat, the Clock Tower and other prominent landmarks turned off their lights between 8.30 and 9.30pm, helping surpass Dewa's power saving target of 230,000 kWh.
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