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Dubai's iconic Burj Al Arab lights in blue for Autism Awareness Day

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Dubai's famous Burj Al Arab hotel will light up blue on Tuesday in support of World Autism Awareness Day, reported a local newspaper.

The city hosts a number of fundraising activities and awareness workshops as it partakes in the international Light It Up Blue campaign, reported the UAE-based Gulf News.

The United Nations declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness day to bring international attention to the case, raise awareness and shadow the insufficient support autism patients receive, the newspaper said.

Several governmental institutions are participating in the event, including Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the newspaper said. The activities are planned throughout the month of April.

In addition to Burj Al Arab, the Jumeriah Beach hotel will hold the Autism Awareness gala dinner on the day, along with a Walk for Autism event in Zabeel Park on April 20, Gulf News said.

Although no official statistics are available, hundreds are affected by autism in the UAE according to non-profit societies like the Emirates Autism Society and the Dubai Autism Center, the newspaper said.

The autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by lack of social interaction, and problems with verbal and nonverbal communication.