60 minutes to promote energy conservation
On Saturday March 29th, millions of people around the world will be turning off their lights for one hour to show their commitment to the planet, and Majid Al Futtaim’s Shopping Malls (including Muscat and Qurum City Centre) are joining the global movement. For 60 minutes from 8:30pm – 9:30pm local time, all non-essential lights such as external signage, landscaping and external floor lights will be turned off at both Muscat City Centre and Qurum City Centre. For customer safety, interior mall lights will be dimmed, and all car park lighting will remain on.
“Muscat City Centre is a proud supporter of Earth Hour, and through our actions we hope to send the positive message to others in the community that together, through simple actions we can help fight climate change,” said Husam Al Mandhari, Senior Mall Manager for Muscat City Centre.
“Qurum City Centre will be making a statement by observing Earth Hour, and we encourage others to join this important initiative by turning off their lights to make a statement and help protect the environment,” said Watfa Humaid Al Harthy, Senior Mall Manager for Qurum City Centre.
“At Majid Al Futtaim, we are keen to adopt and support initiatives that contribute to sustainable development. We focus on raising the profile of the company to the ranks of the most prominent organisations in the world in terms of the sustainability criteria that we adopt. We focus on rational use of water and energy consumption in our assets, and during the past three years we have been able to reduce energy consumption in our shopping malls by more than 8% and water consumption by 19 %,” said Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim Properties.
Earth Hour is a grassroots movement which was founded in 2007 and has since become a global movement. In 2013 over 7,000 cities and towns in 153 countries participated.
Majid Al Futtaim’s shopping malls across the region in the UAE, Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt will also be supporting Earth Hour in a joint-initiative to strive for a better future.