One of the most iconic landmarks in Dubai, the Burj Al Arab hotel, was lit up blue earlier in the week to support World Autism Awareness Month. The hotel has joined over 3,000 other buildings worldwide in the Light it Up Blue initiative, aimed at raising awareness of the neurodevelopmental disorder.
The lighting up of the Burj Al Arab, along with a few more hotels in Dubai, is just one of the things Dubai is doing to support World Autism Awareness Month. Fundraising events, activities and awareness workshops are being organisied around Dubai, all with the sole purpose of raising awareness of the disorder, which affects around one in 1,000 people worldwide.
“The Burj Al Arab and a few more hotels under the Jumeirah Group will to be lit in blue. The Autism Awareness gala dinner at Jumeirah Beach Hotel on April 2 is supported by the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global, a grant-making foundation. On April 20, there will be a Walk for Autism community event at Zabeel Park,” said Dr Hibah Shata, managing director at the Dubai Healthcare City.
Across the globe over 600 cities are taking part in the Light it Up Blue initiative in more than 45 countries. Iconic landmarks such as The Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brail, the International Space Station, and the Aspen Mountains in Colorado are just a few of the locations taking part this year.
This year marks the sixth annual United Nations World Autism Awareness Month. Since its inception in 2007, the Light it Up Blue initiative has seen an overwhelming number of participants take part in helping raise awareness all over the world.