Burj Khalifa, Dubai Photograph:( Reuters )
The UAE has so far recorded 19,661 coronavirus cases and 203 deaths, the second highest death toll after Saudi Arabia of the six Gulf states.
Dubai's 828-metre Burj Khalifa has been turned into a glowing charity donation box, raising money for food for United Arab Emirates residents suffering the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The UAE has so far recorded 19,661 coronavirus cases and 203 deaths, the second highest death toll after Saudi Arabia of the six Gulf states. Dubai's economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Many people have lost jobs or had incomes reduced.
To this end, each of the world's tallest building's 1.2 million external lights was 'sold' for 10 dirhams ($2.70), enough to buy one meal. As donations came in, the tower 'filled up', and people could also bid to claim the light at the very top.
The donation box has raised funds for more than 1.2 million meals so far.
The fundraising drive is part of a campaign to fund 10 million meals for low-income families during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan by MBRGI, patronised by Dubai's ruler and UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
(with inputs from Reuters)