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24 March 2018 05:19 pm

Shutting down for #EarthHour2018? Head to these 6 places in Qatar for the best experience!

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The entire planet will once again band as one to commemorate the 11th edition of the annual Earth Hour -- a global movement which aims to provide repose to our beloved Blue Planet by switching all unnecessary lights and electronic gadgets for 60 minutes straight.

As the countdown slowly nears to 8:30 pm, here are some figures worth knowing from Earth Hour's decennial celebration last year:

  • 187 countries and territories participated
  • More than 3,100 landmarks and monuments switched off their lights
  • 30 countries saw the #EarthHour trend
  • Over 3.5 billion impressions of official campaign hashtags
  • 350+ ambassadors and influencers joined the movement
  • 18,526 people donated their Facebook feed and with a potential reach of 12 million
  • 15,393 Facebook pages donated their feed

While this year's observance will for sure be equally-epic, you can make it more special and memorable by leaving the comfort of your home and participating on these 6 Earth Hour-related activities happening around Qatar:

Green Year In Aspire

(Source: Life In Aspire's website)

As part of Aspire Zone Foundation's (AZF) CSR program that is held this year under the name: 'Green Year in Aspire', its employees will join hundreds of millions of people across the globe in switching off unnecessary lights and electronic devices for one hour tonight. AZF's aim by doing so is to take action on global warming for the benefit of the coming generations. Make sure to use the hashtag #Connect2Earth once you decide to celebrate Earth Hour in one of Qatar's biggest public parks.

St. Regis Doha's Yoga In The Dark

(Source: The St. Regis Doha)

Bring yourself into the rhythms of the nature and close your eyes while breathing in the warm breeze as The St. Regis Doha holds a one-night only 'Yoga In The Dark' session from 7:30pm - 8:30pm as part of the Earth Hour initiative. Yoga is known to energize one's entire being with a fresh sense of vitality inside and out and though equipment are not provided, there are no tickets needed so make it a point to take part!

Earth Hour Dhow Cruise

(Source: 365 Adventures)

Experience Doha's shut down for Earth Hour on a dhow cruise, followed by a delicious BBQ dinner and music. Price for adults is 165 QR, 95 QR for kids from age 3 to 10, and free entrance for children below the age of 3. Organized by 365 Adventures, guests will be picked up from Doha's Dhow Harbor at 7:00 pm going to Al Safliyah Island. Drop off will be at 10:00 pm and you can call or Whatsapp (+974) 3339-3323 for more information.

Conserve electricity at Tarsheed Carnival!

(Source: The Peninsula Qatar)

The Tarsheed Carnival -- a Kahramaa initiative represented by the National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency is now on its second year under the slogan: 'Towards Creating A Conscious Generation.' Besides a slew of social events happening in the Kahramaa Awareness Park over the weekend, they will also have a special program dedicated just for the Earth Hour happening tonight from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. The Peninsula reported that the week-long program targets to reduce per-capita electricity and water consumption to eight percent and 15 percent, respectively during next five years. It is set to run until the 29th of March (Friday).

Lights off at Education City!

(Source: Qatar Foundation's website)

After a successful information booth and competition at the Education City Student Center in celebration of World Water Day last Thursday (March 22), Qatar Foundation (QF) is to mark another equally important event -- Earth Hour -- tonight through 'Lights Off.' The program will see the Qatar National Convention Centre, QF headquarters and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, as well as the Ceremonial Court switch off all unnecessary lights in commemoration of the global movement.

Go Green at Radisson Blu Doha!

(Source: Radisson Blu Doha's website)

Join Radisson Blu Hotel Doha tonight from 8:30 pm onward as the global hotel franchise participates in this pivotal event to fight climate change. Doha's branch will turn off all non-critical electrical appliance and will be lighting candles in the form of 60+ in our lobby area along with a pledge wall for guests to write their commitments to go green. Creative Earth Hour mocktails will be available at their Manhattan Lounge!

So where are you headed to tonight for #EarthHour2018? Did our list give you an idea on where and how to celebrate this global movement? Drop us a line in the comments below and also, don't forget to like and share this article!