Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which at 828 meters is the world’s tallest building, is turned into a virtual charity box amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Wikimedia Commons)

UAE Turns World’s Tallest Building into Virtual Charity Box

The United Arab Emirates has transformed Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which at 828 meters is the world’s tallest building, into a virtual charity box. The country this week auctioned off each of the tower’s 1.2 million external light bulbs for 10 dirhams ($2.70) – the cost of an average meal – with the proceeds going to needy families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The UAE has confirmed some 20,000 cases of COVID-19 and its 200-plus deaths are second only to Saudi Arabia among the six Gulf nations. Abu Dhabi’s drive is part of a campaign to fund 10 million meals for low-income families during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

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