Dubai: More than 2,000 mosques in Dubai will switch to using power-saving lights as part of an emirate-wide energy conservation initiative, UAE newspaper The National reported.
The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, Dubai World Trade Center, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Roads and Transport Authority and Sheikh Zayed Housing Program have all committed to using the energy-efficient LED lamps.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, said: "It is an innovative, sustainable, and comprehensive vision that will be the first of its kind in the region and will have economic and environmental implications for the emirate."
The municipality said the lights reduce electricity bills by up to 90 percent, or $1100 per year, and have a lifespan of up to 25 years.
In 2014, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) gave several mosques in the emirate water saving technology while The Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque was opened as the first eco-friendly mosque.