UAE Solar Eclipse: Burj Khalifa Ready to Host Dubai Residents and Visitors Tomorrow Morning
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UAE Solar Eclipse: Burj Khalifa Ready to Host Dubai Residents and Visitors Tomorrow Morning

Dubai residents and visitors can watch the solar eclipse tomorrow morning from the observation deck of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. See the details below.

The United Arab Emirates will be witnessing an annular/partial solar eclipse on Thursday, 26th December at 7.35.21 am, after a period of 172 years. The last one was seen in the region in 1847. To watch the eclipse, Dubai residents and visitors can head to Burj Khalifa. As per an official tweet by Burj Khalifa’s observation deck, those interested in watching the eclipse tomorrow morning can head to the world’s tallest tower in Downtown Dubai at around 7 am. To watch the elicpse from the observation deck, visitors will need to purchase tickets worth AED 300.

Dubai residents can also go to  Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre in Mushrif Park to catch a glimpse of the partial eclipse. The Dubai Astronomy Group is organising this event from 6am-9am, with tickets priced at AED 70 for adults and AED 50 for children.

There are also some free viewing events for the public being organised by the UAE Space Agency in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with several observatories. These events will be hosted at Liwa Hills Hotel, near Madinat Zayed in Al Dhafra, at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort and at Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi.

UAE residents have to advised to wear proper eye protection as looking directly at the sun can cause severe damage to the eyes. The annular eclipse phase will begin as the moon rises and completes its total transit in front of the sun. At this point, the moon will be at the farthest point in its orbit from the earth. The edges of the sun will appear like a ring of light around the moon. Once the moon starts moving away, the eclipse will become a partial one. As per astronomical calculations, the eclipsed sun will rise and be visible in some parts of the country for around three minutes.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.

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