Dubai residents turn out for Car Free Day exhibition

DUBAI // Hundreds of people hopped onto the Dubai Metro or used other environmentally-friendly modes of transport to make their way to Dubai Municipality’s Car Free Day exhibition near Union Metro Station on Sunday. Asma Al Marri took the metro from Al Rashidiya in support of the municipality’s campaign, which encourages residents to use public […]

DUBAI // Hundreds of people hopped onto the Dubai Metro or used other environmentally-friendly modes of transport to make their way to Dubai Municipality’s Car Free Day exhibition near Union Metro Station on Sunday.

Asma Al Marri took the metro from Al Rashidiya in support of the municipality’s campaign, which encourages residents to use public transport.

“It’s so great to see all these private and government entities, including the police and ambulances, taking part in the initiative,” she said, adding that she usually drives her own car to work.

“I try to take the metro whenever I can, but I take my car to work because I have my nine-month-old baby with me, and it’s easier for me to carry all her stuff to take to day care,” she said.

Ms Al Marri, who works at Dubai Municipality, said the annual Car Free Day, in its seventh year, was a great way to raise awareness and cut carbon emissions.

“The environment has always been an important issue for the municipality,” she said. “Although staff at Dubai Municipality are provided with parking spots for their car, they are given a free monthly Nol card if they forsake the spot.”

Also at the exhibition was 15-year-old Aisha Jam, who was on a field trip with her class from Raffles World Academy.

“We have been learning in school about pollution and how we can cut carbon emissions, and so the whole 9th grade came here today,” she said. “I really like what they have done here, and I especially liked cycling for my own shake.”

The exhibition had three themes: environmentally friendly vehicles; a display of the latest technologies and practices to improve air quality; and the preservation of natural resources.

Dubai Municipality hopes to break their record this year with the participation of nearly 1,000 organisations.

dmoukhallati@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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