Earth Hour Candle by Dubai Ladies Club
Dubai Ladies Club, a member of Dubai Women Establishment, organised a special campaign in support of Earth Hour 2013. In the run-up to Earth Hour - which took place on Saturday, 23rd March, 2013 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm - Dubai Ladies Club invited ladies to visit the club premises to collect an ‘Earth Hour’ candle as a simple yet thoughtful reminder to UAE ladies to join millions around the world in curbing climate change by turn off the consumption of all electricity for one hour in their home.
Commenting on the launch of this annual campaign, Muna Bin Kalli, Executive Director of Dubai Ladies Club said, “Dubai Ladies Club is proud to support such an inspiring and meaningful cause like the Earth Hour for a fourth consecutive year. In line with our ongoing commitment to environmental protection and sustainability, we have consistently supported the development of a clean & healthy environment, and encouraged our members and guests to adopt environmentally-friendly practises in their own lives through the launch of various community programs and initiatives.”
She added, “Over the years Earth Hour has become a symbol of bringing together individuals to collectively shift towards sustainable living. Earth Hour has already successfully united hundreds of millions of people around the world in celebration of our planet. With this power behind us, I think we can truly achieve real and lasting change, building a better future through renewable energy.”
Dubai Ladies Club’s Earth Hour campaign – aptly titled “Light a Candle for the Planet” –asked ladies to use Instagram and twitter to show the world how they observed Earth Hour 2013. Ladies then posted pictures of their candle-light celebration on 23rd March with the following hash tags: #dubailadiesclub #earthhour2013.
Moreover, at 8.30pm the Club also minimised the consumption of electricity for one hour by turning off not only all exterior and internal lights but also as many electrical sources as possible.
Areas where lighting were turned off included all exterior lighting, the member and non-members swimming pools and all four reception lobbies and partially in the operational sections. This is the fourth consecutive year that Dubai Ladies Club supports Earth Hour.
Since its inception in 2003, Dubai Ladies Club has consistently worked towards improving the quality of life of women living in the UAE through in-house events, facilities and pilot projects. Dubai Ladies Club’s commitment to environmental sustainability includes participation in recycling programs, waste management practices as well as adopting environmentally sustainable practices.
In the past, Dubai Ladies Club has participated in city wide environmental projects such as Earth Hour, Save My Trees campaign organized by Emirates Environmental Group, Mobile Phones and Electronics recycling program organized by EnviroFone and many more. Regular eco-awareness campaigns are also promoted to mark annual events such as Earth Day in April and World Environment Day in June.
More recently, Dubai Ladies Club launch of the Al Murjan Coral Reef Rehabilitation Project. Under the Royal Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, UAE; Al Murjan Reef Rehabilitation Project is an initiative by Dubai Ladies Club, Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai and Traders Hotel, Dubai under the umbrella of ‘sustainability’ Shangri-La's Social Responsibility initiative. Al Murjan is the first community-based coral reef development project within the UAE. The project will seek to build capacity at the community level through necessary trainings to community groups in coral reef education and awareness; management planning; and long-term financing and sustainability.