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 Its lights off for the UAE tonight as the country joins the global movement for Earth Hour, highlighting the need to combat climate change and embrace sustainability.

The campaign, organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), spans 7,000 cities and 152 countries, becoming the world’s largest voluntary action for the sake of the environment.

Dubai is also hoping to achieve a new world record by displaying the largest infinity mirror lit by LED lamps.

To join this conservation initiative, organisations and individuals are being encouraged to participate tonight by turning off unnecessary lights and appliances from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

For Earth Hour 2015, the Emirates Wildlife Society states it’s tackling climate change by being water-efficient. Desalinating water in the UAE takes a huge amount of energy and produces a lot of carbon emissions, making it the third largest consumer of water per capita globally.

EWS is asking supporters to use the #YourPowerUAE hashtag to show support, while public and private organisations is showing its own support by switching off tonight:
 
World record attempt

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) is hosting a public event at Bay Avenue Park from 5pm to 10pm, including a new world record attempt of displaying the largest infinity mirror lit by LED lamps.

Earth Hour activities today will include various entertaining and family activities including clowns, stilt-walking, flower displays, face painting, contests, souvenirs, heritage activities and a traditional food corner.

Children will also celebrate the first anniversary of Dewa’s conservation mascots Noor and Hayat.

During Earth Hour last year, Dewa stated it reduced electricity use by 255MWh and saved 153 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in just one hour.

The authority states its efforts complement the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030  goal launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to reduce energy demand by 30 per cent by 2030.

In this context, DEWA recently increased the renewable energy target in Dubai’s energy mix to 7 per cent by 2020 and 15 per cent by 2030.