Kingdom Holding Company’s Kingdom Tower in Riyadh owned by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal was lit in special blue lights on April 2 in support of ‘Autism Speaks’ global ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies.
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.
Nearly 2,000 iconic structures, buildings and landmarks in over 220 US cities and 28 countries around the world shone blue for the occasion as a growing public health crisis. Similar towers in the Middle East also lit blue such as Bahrain World Trade Centre, Manama, Bahrain, Al Faisaliyah Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Cairo Tower, Cairo, Egypt, Al Anoud Tower, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Kingdom Tower, Riyadh also participated in the global initiative Earth Hour by switching its lights off for an hour Saturday 31st March 2012. Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history “Earth Hour”.
In 2011, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going more than an hour to commit to lasting action for the planet.
Kingdom Centre has supported other environmental and humanitarian initiatives such as Breast Cancer Awareness and United Nations Day.
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