The fourth annual Car Free Day organised yesterday by Dubai Municipality helped to reduce 14 tons of carbon dioxide emission as 5,000 cars were taken off the roads by employees of the 27 participating organisations.
"5,000 cars were taken off the roads helping to save the environment from more than 14 tons of carbon dioxide emission. Our aim in future is to observe the Car Free Day with the participation of all government and private organizations," said Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Municipality.
"I appreciate the enthusiasm of public to support such eco-friendly initiatives and the civic body has already hundreds of employees who quit private cars and started using public transport for daily conveyance," he added.
The departments and institutions involved with the Dubai Municipality this year are Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Department of Land and Property, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, Dubai Police, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Properties Group, Department of Economic Development, Financial Audit Department, Dubai Mall, Al Bayan, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Educational Zone, Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing, Dubai Healthcare City, General Authority for Civil Aviation, American University of Dubai, University of Wollongong Dubai, Emirates Foundation for Cooling Systems, DMI, Dubai Arts and Culture, Al Serkal Group and Radisson Blue Hotel.
Total 27 entities joined the initiative, which received huge success and response for the fourth consecutive year on both local and global levels. Supporting the initiative, about 5,000 employees from different participating organizations left their cars at home and used other public transport means to reach their offices.