By Sam Bridge
UAE shows support for Tourism Ireland's annual global greening initiative, with 10 major national landmarks lit up
The UAE on Tuesday showed its support for Tourism Ireland’s annual global greening initiative, with 10 major national landmarks lit up to observe St Patrick’s Day.
For the first time in the history of global greening, the expansive dunes of the Arabian Desert - organised by Arabian Adventures - turned from brown to green, alongside three other new landmarks that included Dubai Frame, Kempinski Emerald Palace, Abu Dhabi University and The Abu Dhabi Edition.
Burj Khalifa also illuminated 830m of green for the second consecutive year, while recurring landmarks Burj Al Arab, Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club and Nation Towers also joined in the celebrations.
“We are proud to announce that this year we will enjoy the highest number of Global Greenings in the UAE, and we thank the UAE for its tremendous ongoing support of Ireland’s National Day. The UAE is Ireland’s second largest market in the Arab world and has been the fastest growing emerging market, showing a year-on-year increase in visitors over the past five years. It is also home to more than 10,000 Ireland nationals,” said Aisling McDermott, Tourism Ireland manager, Middle East & Asia.
Globally, hundreds of buildings and structures across 50 countries, ranging from museums and towers to statues and stadiums, shined green to commemorate the day.
New entrants included Madison Square Garden in New York, London Eye in England, City Hall in Bangkok, and the Niagra Falls in Canada.