More than 7,000 vehicles were off Dubai’s roads for the fifth annual ‘Car-free Day‘ on Wednesday, according to national news agency WAM. Dubai Municipality estimates that the initiative reduced carbon emissions by 20 tonnes.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, took the Metro to work from Etisalat to Union Station accompanied by top officials including Humaid Al Qatami, Minister of Education, Rashid bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water and Dubai Police Commander-in-Chief, Major General Khamis Mattar.
“We are extremely happy to see the tremendous public response from individuals and companies. Every year, we are getting more participation and support from all segments of society. This year, the online registration itself was four times that of last year, which crossed 4,000 entries,” Lootah said.
“Our primary aim of launching this initiative is to create public awareness of the importance of saving our environment by reducing carbon emissions, as well as promoting public transportation to solve the traffic congestion that we face every day,” he said.
Rashid bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, said that he is now considering taking the initiative to a national level in the coming years.