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Burj Al Arab to join worldwide “greening” of city icons

Burj Al Arab to join worldwide “greening” of city icons

Dubai, 17 March 2011: The world’s most luxurious hotel - Burj Al Arab, kicked off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the UAE as the latest building to join the worldwide phenomenon of “greening’’  city icons  to celebrate Ireland’s National Day.

Tourism Ireland and the Irish Embassy prepare for a weekend of St. Patrick’s celebrations with three FREE orchestral performances by the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.

Burj Al Arab Hotel, the jewel in the crown of the Jumeirah Group will join other world renowned structures like the Empire State Building in New York, Table Mountain in Cape Town, CN Tower in Toronto and the London Eye to illuminate the night sky with a stunning green glow on St. Patrick’s Day.

The greening of the iconic buildings around the world is an initiative started last year and led by Tourism Ireland. Amanda Burns, General Manager Tourism Ireland, Middle East and Asia, said: “St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to showcase Ireland; and celebrate the diversity of our culture and heritage and the friendliness of our people, to a huge audience across the globe. Our aim on this day is to connect everyone and to bring a smile to the world.  And what better way to do this than by “greening” the spectacular and iconic Burj Al Arab in Dubai, a building recognized and admired around the world. We are honoured and delighted that Burj Al Arab will be part of this celebration”

The worldwide phenomenon that is St Patrick’s Day is quite an achievement for a tiny island with a population of just six million and is testament to the influence of the Irish Diaspora (approx 70 million), which has taken the country’s unique culture and heritage and love of a song, a dance, and a well turned phrase to every corner of the world. 
UAE residents are invited to join the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and sample the renowned Irish culture in a series of free orchestral performances by the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland in Dubai, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi from the 17th-19th March.  His Excellency, Ciaran Madden, Irish Ambassador to the UAE, said: “St. Patrick’s Day is not just a celebration for Irish people.  It is a celebration for all those who have enjoyed Irish music, Irish literature and even just Irish company over the years. This year, the UAE we will see a very special celebration, with Irish music concerts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain.   We are lucky to have musicians of the calibre of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Liam O’Flynn joining the Youth Orchestra for these events.”

The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland brings together 91 talented young Irish musicians between the ages of 12 and 18 will travel to the UAE to perform a concert of stunning Irish compositions. These special performances will include the film Irish Destiny with live orchestral accompaniment, composed and performed by Míchaél Ó Suilleabháin followed by The Brendan Voyage performed by Liam O'Flynn on the Uillean pipes.
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Notes: 
Tickets for entry to the concerts are free of charge but limited. Tickets can be reserved by emailing manager@nyoi.ie  with your name, number of tickets you require and concert venue.
Concert Schedule: 
19:30pm   Mar 17th    National Youth Orchestra of Ireland      The First Group Theatre at Souk                        Jumeirah, Dubai 
19:30pm   Mar 18th    National Youth Orchestra of Ireland       Municipality Theatre, Al Ain 
16:00pm   Mar 19th    National Youth Orchestra of Ireland       Auditorium, Paris-Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi  
An email confirmation will be received and tickets can be collected from one hour before the performance. The remaining tickets will be available on the door from one hour before the performance. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Did you know?
• There has been a St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City since 1762
• St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Montserrat
• Sydney Opera House went green in 2010.
• The population of Ireland is 5.6 million but there are over 80 million in the Irish Diaspora – people from around the world who claim Irish heritage
• The river is dyed green in Chicago every year for St Patrick’s Day celebrations
• Approximately 30% of the people in Australia are of Irish descent
• The original seven “Celtic Nations” are: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany (in France) and Galicia (in Spain).
• The harp that can be seen on passports and stamps in the Republic of Ireland is actually the national symbol of Ireland and not the very popular Shamrock!

Contact:
Email all media enquiries to: aiveen@tourismireland.ae 
Call the Tourism Ireland GCC office on +971 4 3166179

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah, and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London; and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme. www.jumeirah.com

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