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Dubai to observe Car-Free Day on 5th February

09 January 2017

Dubai will observe Car-Free day on 5th February with an estimated participation of a record 1500 entities from the government and private sectors.
About tens of thousands of employees of the participating entities are likely to ditch their cars for a day and participate in this biggest environmental awareness campaign by Dubai Municipality.

This is the 8th Car Free-day observed by Dubai. Senior officials and employees of the participating departments and companies will walk, cycle or use any public transport modes to head to work. 

The Directors of several participating government departments will also ditch their luxury cars and will ride the Dubai Metro, to keep the tradition of leading by example.

Speaking during a press conference, the Director General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah urged government and private entities to participate in the initiative. He also requested residents to make the initiative a huge success and requested establishments to provide mass transport modes like buses to facilitate individuals to get to work without cars.

He said that different entities can observe their own Car Free Days which help create better awareness. 

Last year, the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority held a Car Free Day on a separate day, wherein employees of more than 100 firms in the Free zone participated. Totally, about 30,000 vehicles belonging to officials and employees from 1070 government and private organizations stayed off-road as part of the initiative last year.

Dubai joined the global Car-Free Day campaign in 2010, and began by devoting a day to ditch cars and opt for public transport aiming to reduce carbon emission and environmental pollution.

Although the first edition of the initiative saw participation of only about 1500 employees and officials of civic body participating in it, other governmental departments and ministries began joining the initiative over the years.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries

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