Earth Hour is one of the largest international environmental initiatives that unite millions of people around the world to tackle the threats posed by the growing issue of climate change, by making a concerted effort to switch off all unnecessary lights and unnecessary electronic appliances for an hour, from 8:30-9:30pm. In 2008, Dubai was the first city in the Arab world to participate in Earth Hour. #EarthHourDubai is held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. DEWA celebrates #EarthHourDubai in cooperation with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the Emirates Nature - WWF , in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF). This initiative exemplifies the pioneering role of the UAE, continuously supporting and hosting initiatives and activities to raise the level of awareness around environmental issues, and supporting sustainable development locally, regionally, and internationally.
This year’s theme “Raise Your Voice” aims to raise the sense of responsibility between community groups and entities to move together through connecting positively with our environment, promising to protect planet earth, and preserving our natural resources by adopting a sustainable lifestyle through using solar energy, switching to LED lights, and reducing the carbon footprint by using the electrical car or public transportation to build a sustainable future for generations to come.