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Why UAE landmarks will go green tomorrow

By Bindu Rai

As the UAE gets ready to pin up the Shamrock for the St Patrick’s Day global celebrations, the festivities have already commenced with Tourism Ireland GCC revealing some of the country’s top landmarks will go green for the event on March 17.

While details of the landmarks have yet to be revealed, in the past, Dubai’s Burj Al Arab has joined other iconic sites from around the world including the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Tower of Pisa, the Sydney Opera House, the Colosseum in Rome, the Niagara Falls, among others.

Meanwhile, Chicago has already turned its river green as it prepares for the weekend celebrations.

Hollywood star Liam Neeson has also jumped on to the #GoGreen4PatricksDay hashtag launched for the global celebrations, with a special voice-over message in a 60-second film.

Like every year, the UAE will also be hosting a series of celebrations across the country. If you want to pin on the Shamrock for the occasion, here’s where to head:

St Patrick’s Day Ball

The Dubai Irish Society will be hosting its annual ball at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, with live performances, entertainment and a lucky draw that could see two people bag two return tickets to Dublin, via Emirates.

The Irish Village

A three-day celebration will kick off on March 17 at the Garhoud hotspot, with live music all day from the Logues, the MapleJacks and DJ Marky Mark on all three days.

Saturday will be family day with traditional Irish music and dancers, a petting zoo, face painting and bouncing castle.

The Siobhan Kilalea’s School of Irish Dancing will also perform from 2pm-4pm.

Entry is free on all days.


On March 17, Mike Ross will take to the stage in the afternoon at JLT, followed by Schizophonik. Traditional Irish dancers will also perform, with fun giveaways.

Later in the evening, Louis Walsh’s newest Irish boy band, Hometown, will perform live, followed by one of Ireland’s top rock bands, Hermitage Green, who will take to the stage at 10pm.

The lads will be followed by a live DJ set.

The festivities will continue at McGettigan’s JLT and DWTC with a Friday brunch. The Irish Trad trio ‘The Gentlemen Barstewards’ will perform, followed by The Maplejacks and Irish band, Gate Crashers who’ll be performing live to the post brunch crowd.

On Saturday, the venues will celebrate with an evening of rugby with the final round of the Six Nations Rugby play.