Free 'smart umbrella' service debuts in Dubai
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Dubai debuts free ‘smart umbrella’ service, here’s how it works

Dubai debuts free ‘smart umbrella’ service, here’s how it works

This initiative aims to offer residents and visitors a convenient and sustainable way to comfortably explore the city irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has teamed up with UmbraCity, a Canadian smart umbrella share service, to introduce an innovative ‘free of cost’ smart umbrella service at Al Ghubaiba Bus and Metro station.

This initiative aims to offer residents and visitors a convenient and sustainable way to shield themselves from the sun and rain while walking around the city.

Dubbed as a proof of concept, the service aligns with Dubai’s ambitious 2040 Urban Master Plan.

How the smart umbrella service works

Commuters can now borrow umbrellas free of charge at Al Ghubaiba station using their nol card.

This service is meticulously designed to support Dubai’s vision of a ’20-minute city’, where residents can access their daily needs within a 20-minute walk or bike ride.

Khaled Al Awadhi, director of Transportation Systems at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, expressed, “By encouraging the use of smart umbrellas, which are ‘Free of cost’ when leased using the nol card, RTA and UmbraCity are contributing to the creation of vibrant, healthy, and inclusive communities across Dubai.

“The service is introduced currently at Al Ghubaiba metro station as a proof of concept for three months. On the evaluation of its success, RTA will consider expanding the service.”

Amir Entezari, CEO of UmbraCity, added, “This collaboration reflects our mutual dedication to advancing sustainable urban mobility and enhancing the livability of cities.

“Together, we are setting a global benchmark for smart, sustainable urban living, demonstrating that with innovative solutions and collaborative efforts, we can make significant strides towards building cities that prioritise the wellbeing of their communities and the environment.”

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