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In pictures: the Emirates go green for St Patrick’s Day

From the vastness of the Arabian desert to the skyscrapers of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates are all dressed up in green for St. Patrick's Day, the holiday that celebrates Ireland's patron saint. 

We knew the emirates were fans of Irish culture. After all, the Irish Village in Dubai is decorated in Irish colors every year on March 17, and all the bars, pubs and restaurants offer themed evenings and special menus to celebrate this holiday dear to our Northern European neighbors. 

A symbol of celebration

But this time, the Emirates have gone all out and displayed their love for St. Patrick’s Day in an even more ostentatious way, by coloring some of their most emblematic spots green: 

One of the most luxurious hotel complexes in the world, the Burj Al Arab was covered in green. 

The world’s tallest tower too, the Burj Khalifa, joined the party. 

Even the fountains were decorated with St. Patrick’s Day colors, like here, the Palm Fountains at The Point. 

This great arch, called Dubai Frame, was shining green.

In total, no less than 23 emblematic places were illuminated in green, such as the Golf & Yacht Club of Dubai, or the University of Abu Dhabi.

One last place has been decorated, and not the least, since it is the Arabian desert itself!