A "Car Free Day", observed yesterday by employees of Dubai Municipality, was a huge success, the civic body said.
More than 1500 of Dubai Municipality employees turned up for duty without their cars.
Most of them used Dubai Metro and public transport buses to reach office to mark the occasion, which was observed as part of a new green initiative launched by the municipality, the first government department in the country to do so.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, took the lead by travelling on the Metro from Rashidiya station to the Union Square station, adjacent to the municipality's offices, it said. Municipal employees of all grades and positions also used various means of public transport to reach the office on the Car Free Day, the municipality said. Also, in account of the special day yesterday, the civic body's parking remained closed.
After receiving the first batch of employees at the entrance of the main building, Lootah told the press: "We hope this green initiative, launched by the municipality to motivate and educate employees to use sustainable transport to preserve the environment, will be emulated by other government departments in Dubai. We encouraged them by reimbursing the charges for their Metro and bus tickets."
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