Dubai’s Burj Khalifa displays spectacular light shows and often it’s in support to good causes...
4 October 2018| Last updated on 14 January 2020
Colorful displays, light shows in the air and fantastic music are what residents in Dubai witness when the Burj Khalifa lights up at night.
If a building transforms its windows into a canvas isn’t enough to get those goosebumps moving, then displaying amazing colours in response to a good cause just might.
The tallest building in the world never seizes to amaze anyone staring at its extravagance – 2,722 feet in height, Burj Khalifa is the epitome of Dubai’s identity.
Located in Dubai’s trendiest neighbourhood, Downtown Dubai, the Burj Khalifa stands tall and proud for all tourists, expats and locals in the emirate.
But residents can’t feel prouder when the tall building shines bright in support of good causes worldwide.
Here are 5 times the Burj Khalifa reminded us of global issues and causes.
1. For women empowerment
The Burj Khalifa surprised everyone in Dubai when it lit up half of it lights one night – causing some people to think it was a glitch in the system.
However, this was no glitch and instead was showing support for the UN’s More Powerful Together campaign run by the HeForShe initiative.
This campaign stood in solidarity for women around the world, reminding everyone looking at the Burj Khalifa that women are not to be ignored or excluded.
By light up only half of the building, Burj Khalifa showcased what inequality looks like for many women around the world and made global headlines by doing so.
2. For non-violence
A special light show was dedicated to the father of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi, on his 150th birth anniversary.
With the help of the Indian Embassy and consulate in the country, Burj Khalifa displayed a picture of India’s Father of the Nation with the words “be the change that you wish to see in the world,” and “poverty is the worst form of violence, and “no culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”
With the Indian flag also displayed in the light show, Indian expats in Dubai recorded this as a proud moment for those living in the emirate.
3. For the founding father
The world’s famous skyscraper stood tall and proud for this special occasion – on the day that marks the 100 birth year of the Founding Father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, residents in Dubai witnessed a beautiful sight.
The Burj Khalifa light up with Sheikh Zayed’s image for the Year of Zayed initiative and played a short clip with the following caption:
"Today, we celebrate the centennial birth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE. His legacy of humanitarianism, generosity and sustainability will continue to inspire our future generations for centuries to come."
4. For celebration of life
If anyone ever needed a reminder to celebrate the wonders of life, lighting up the world’s tallest building might be the best reminder.
With a special show dedicated to celebrating life – the Burj Khalifa featured LED light performances with spectacular colours that depicted the energies of the universe and of space.
5. For the Holy month of Ramadan
Part of living in a Middle Eastern country is experiencing the Holy month of Ramadan. And the Burj Khalifa is a reminder of that every year.
The tall building lit up with a special LED lightshow dedicated to the Holy month and was recorded as the first celebration of the spiritual value of Ramadan in the building.
It displayed an impressive artwork of UAE-based Art Noor, which was inspired by the 99 names of God and took 15 years to complete.