Lights out: Dubai observes Earth hour 2018
A reported 323 megawatts were saved by turning off the country’s lights for just one hour
Saturday night saw Dubai join many other cities around the world in observing Earth Hour to help raise awareness for for the environment.
Thousands of lights were switched off across the city between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, with government departments, business and private citizens all doing their part.
The Burj Khalifa and many of the UAE’s landmarks were plunged into darkness for an hour, while the RTA turned off a total of 1,433 street lights around the country.
DEWA reported that a whopping 323 megawatts were saved during Earth Hour, a 32 per cent reduction from last year’s efforts.
Many of you also took to social media to mark the occasion, and we’ve rounded up some of our favourite posts below:
Here you can see the Burj Khalifa as it turns off all non-essential lights
— Box Office Events (@boxoffevents) March 25, 2018
The Sofitel Dubai Palm broke out the candles
We did our bit to save #planetearth last night. How about you? #connect2earth ?
.#sofitelthepalm #sofitelworld #earthhour #changeclimatechange #earthour2018 #earth #globalwarming #saveearth #energysaving #energy #uae #dubai #saveourplanet #mydubai #dxb #potd #aboutlastnight pic.twitter.com/Y8SKZoeShN
— Sofitel Dubai Palm (@SofitelDXBPalm) March 25, 2018
As did the JW Marriott Marquis
This yoga class even carried on in the dark
Melia Dubai team joined the movement for #EarthHour with candle light #Yoga and #Meditation activity #CSR #Connect2Earth
Yoga & guided meditation session is a great way to give some well-deserved rest to the body, mind and connect to the natural world. pic.twitter.com/CpCzf5kRyz
— Olga Alvarez (@2014olgaOlga) March 25, 2018
Expo 2020 swapped electric lamps for solar ones during the event
We celebrated #EarthHour2018 by switching OFF our electric lights and turning ON the solar lamps that we’ll be sending to those in need. #Expo2020Dubai joins @BeaconOfHopeUAE to support Earth Hour. Check out their cool initiative for a brighter future. #Connect2Earth pic.twitter.com/lACs18lFYT
— Expo2020Dubai (@expo2020dubai) March 24, 2018
And DEWA showed their support with a cool display
— DEWA | Official Page (@DEWAOfficial) March 24, 2018
Images: Twitter, Instagram