Landmark Abu Dhabi buildings turn blue for UN campaign

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Landmark Abu Dhabi buildings turn blue for UN campaign

Abu Dhabi - Other landmarks following the initiative included the Empire State Building in New York, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

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Published: Sun 25 Oct 2015, 4:40 PM

Last updated: Sun 25 Oct 2015, 6:41 PM

Several iconic buildings in Abu Dhabi turned blue on Saturday evening as part of a global campaign in support of United Nations, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Blue is the official colour of the global organisation.

Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Etihad Towers, Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Market building on Al Maryah Island and Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain all turned blue for the evening, joining around 200 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in nearly 60 countries.

Other landmarks following the initiative included the Empire State Building in New York, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

Russia's Hermitage Museum, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, Edinburgh Castle and Westminster Hall in England, Table Mountain in South Africa, Japan's Sky Tree Tower and the Alhambra in Spain were lighten in blue as well for the night.

"I am grateful our member states are showing such strong enthusiasm in marking 70 years of UN support for peace, development and human rights," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"By turning the world UN blue for a day, we can light the way to a better tomorrow".

Some of Abu Dhabi's most iconic building, the Etihad Towers, which recently featured in the Hollywood movie Fast and Furious 7, was bathed in blue from 6pm.

"We are proud to be part of the United Nations Turn The World UN Blue campaign, marking the 70th anniversary of the world body. This initiative represents global unity and promotes the message of peace, environmental sustainability, development and human rights, all of which are causes we support as part of our corporate social responsibility here at Etihad Towers," said Benjamin Adebiyi, senior property manager at Etihad Towers.

reporters@khaleejtimes.com



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