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Dubai Car-Free day announced on Feb 19
Government's initiative enters its fifth year
February 11, 2014 8:53 by kippreport
The Dubai municipality has announced February 19 a “Car-Free” day aimed at contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions and spreading awareness about global warming.
With the participation of 61 departments from the government and private sector, employees will be taking public transport, such as the metro, buses and Abra, instead of using their cars.
All municipality parking lots and other participating organizations will be closed throughout the day.
Hussain Nassir Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, says the initiative would help to spread the notion of using public transport, helping to reduce traffic in Dubai.
“We also aim to have a new achievement for Dubai as an eco-friendly city through the registration of this initiative in the name of Dubai,” Lootah says, adding that the initiative gets a huge response every year.
The Dubai Municipality is expecting to get 7,000 cars off Dubai’s roads, saving 20 tonnes of carbon emission.
Lootah has also suggested that concerned authorities should take steps to reduce the number of cars in Dubai, such as setting specific eligibility standards to own vehicles, increasing public transport facilities and increasing the cost of parking and insurance.
The Car-Free initiative launched in 2010, is entering its fifth year.
“Our aim in the future is to observe the Car Free Day with the participation of all government and private organizations,” says Mohamed Al Noori, director of corporate marketing and relations at Dubai Municipality.
Last year, 27 companies and government departments took part in the initiative, with 5,000 employees leaving their cars at home, saving 14 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.