Marriott International Doha hotels, including Sheraton Grand, Marriott Marquis, W Doha, The St. Regis, The Westin, Doha Marriott, Sharq Village and The Ritz-Carlton will go dark for one hour on 24 March to shine a light on climate action in support of Earth Hour 2018 by offering various activities for guests and associates alike, such as the candlelight meditation guided by yoga experts.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) created the annual global environmental awareness event 11 years ago to emphasize the threat of climate change. Marriott International Doha hotels will join millions around the world in turning off their lights from 8:30 pm—9:30 pm to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action. All these hotels will participate in Earth Hour by turning off exterior signage lighting, dimming and turning off non-essential interior lighting and using candlelight in appropriate public areas such as restaurants and bars.

John Louie, Chairman of Marriott International Business Council in Doha, said:

It’s a privilege for us to support Earth Hour because it echoes Marriott International’s global focus on the environment. Today, business plays a critical role in taking on our world’s most pressing social and environmental issues, including climate change. Earth Hour reflects a philosophy we aim to practice year-round through our sustainability & social impact platform, Serve 360.’

Last year, Earth Hour broke records to cement itself as the largest voluntary action for the environment. Iconic buildings and landmarks from the Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and Americas were switched off, and people across the world turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common, the protection of our planet.