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29 February 2024

Dubai urges residents to go car free

Car-free day is an annual exercise aimed to reduce carbon footprint. (Patrick Castillo)

By Sneha May Francis

The Dubai Municipality has urged residents to put their green footprint forward and go car-free for one day on February 4.

In its sixth year, the car-free day is an annual exercise aimed to reduce carbon footprint, and to inspire people to use public transportation.

The car-free day, under the slogan ‘Let’s Walk… Stop Driving’, will coincide with the UAE’s National Environment Day.

Director General of Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah urged residents to ditch their cars and “walk, cycle, or take the public transport” to work.

The civic body is expecting 200 entities from the government and private sector to participate this year.

Individual participants have time till February 3 to register on the Dubai Municipality’s website.

On the car-free day, Dubai Municipality will also distribute free NOL cards, worth Dh100,000 to metro users.

When it was introduced in 2010, 1,500 employees and officials of the civic body participated in the event. In 2014, the numbers shot up to 7,000 employees.

According to the officials, 65 government and private organizations participated in the green campaign, and reduced 20 tonnes of carbon emission during the day.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, they said that the number of participating entities has more than tripled compared to last year.

According to a top official, civic body officials will be handing out silver and gold cards, of varying amounts, to metro users, who hold ID cards. The cards are sponsored by Emirates Islamic Bank.