Dubai, Sharjah Earth Hour saves 249,000KW

A section of Jumeirah Beach Residence in darkness during Earth Hour (Supplied)

Dubai and Sharjah have saved a combined 249,000 kilowatts of power and a whopping 149,200 kilos of carbon emission during the Earth Hour - the major chunk of savings coming from Dubai.

In a statement early on Sunday, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) announced  that it saved 45,000 kilowatts of power and reduced 27,200 kg of carbon emissions during its participation in Earth Hour session.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, (Dewa) said that the Earth Hour - 2011 celebrations had become the biggest voluntary show of commitment by residents and businesses for the betterment of planet saving a record 204,000 kW/h of electricity and 122,000 kilo carbon emission.

On Saturday 26th March activities were held in support of the global sustainability movement, Earth Hour which sees people and iconic landmarks across the world turn off their lights and unnecessary electrical appliances between 8.30pm to 9.30pm in a mark of solidarity against the largest threat to planet earth, global warming.

To celebrate the worthy cause and encourage participation by residents and businesses in Earth Hour, Dewa, in partnership with Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Emaar and other government departments and local schools and universities and NGOs and private sectors and residents, marked the event with a traditional Arabic heritage village at Emaar's Burj Plaza in the Downtown district adjacent to the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa.

Over 20 Arabian tents filled with arts and crafts, traditional cooking stations, El Arish hospitality, educational exhibitions, music and many local gifts and souvenirs were enjoyed by over 6,000 people who took part in the fun festivities and Earth Hour celebrations. A family occasion, children were also catered to with their own arts and crafts tents, face-painting, delightful entertainment and a conservation exhibition to educate and inspire their young minds.

The event was followed by the spectacular Earth Hour walk, in a mark of solidarity people came together to march from Burj plaza across to the island and alongside the magnificent Burj Khalifa stood in darkness.