Burj Khalifa dazzles with 860,000 lights for the ‘10 million meals’ campaign

New Delhi: The 828-metre-long Burj Khalifa of Dubai — aka the world’s tallest building — has now become a glowing charity donation box for raising money. This money would be used to provide food for the residents of United Arab Emirates residents who are suffering from the economic crisis arising out of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

All the 1.2 million outer lights of the world’s tallest building were ‘sold’ for 10 dirhams ($2.70), which is enough to get one meal. As time went by and more donations came in, the tower ‘filled up’, and individuals could likewise also bid to guarantee the light at the very top.

This donation drive has now raised money for more than 1.2 million meals, said Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the organising body.

This fund-raising drive is part of a campaign to provide 10 million dinners for low-salary families during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan by MBRGI, which is patronised by Dubai’s ruler and UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Being a travel tourism and business centre with the world’s busiest international air terminal, Dubai’s economy has received a critical hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous individuals have lost their jobs or had livelihoods diminished. A huge number of migrant workers, who frequently lives in packed and shared settlements where the infection spread all the more effectively, have registered to be repatriated.

This action is now trending on Twitter with the hashtag #WorldsTallestDonationBox and one can donate to the cause at their original website.

UAE has recorded a total of 19,661 cases of COVID-19 infection so far and a total of 203 deaths as of now.

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