Dubai's Burj Al Arab, Abu Dhabi's Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and Beirut's Nejmeh Square were some of the global landmarks around the world which were bathed in green to mark St Patrick's Day, Ireland's national day of celebrations.
Beirut and Abu Dhabi took part in the global Irish celebrations
for the first time ever this year, signifying the strengthening ties and bonds
between Ireland and the Middle East region.
The Nejmeh square greening event was organised by the Irish
Consulate in Beirut and the Irish Embassy in Cairo in partnership with the
Mayor of Beirut. The greening celebrates the role in which
Irish peacekeepers serving with UNIFIL played in protecting Lebanon during
decades of conflict, in restoring peace and stability
to Lebanon and in forging the bonds of friendship which unite the two
Nejmeh Square was reconstructed to look exactly
as it was before the 25 years of conflict.
Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah-owned luxury hotel, lit up green for the fifth
president and group CEO Gerald Lawless commented: “We are very proud
that Burj Al Arab continues to be recognised as a symbol of Dubai and we are so
pleased that Ireland has chosen this great hotel to represent the celebration
of everything Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.”
Ireland’s annual greening has grown from strength to strength. A number of new
landmarks have joined the 2015 celebrations including the Colosseum, the
Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Grand Ole Opry, the famous Porte de Bourgogne in
Bordeaux, the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge in Nashville, the Town Halls
of Munich and Bamberg, the National Sanctuary of Cristo Rei in Lisbon, the Fram
polar exploration ship in Oslo, as well as City Hall in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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