While Dubai is well-known for its large-scale architectural developments, there’s a side of innovation and design in Dubai that may not be as visible – but that is equally as revolutionary. Find out how our city is at the vanguard of a Smart City movement.
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From smart cars, to public Wi-Fi hotspots and clever location apps, here are just a few of the ways that the emirate is pushing the boundaries of technology and leading the way into a smart future.
Since the days of the Bedouins, the date palm has been a constant source of refuge and nourishment our emirate’s desert climate. Enter the modern iteration of the date palm: the Wi-Fi-emitting, phone-charging Smart Palm . Standing at six metres tall, the impressive-looking artificial trees use solar power (which is, of course, plentiful in Dubai) to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots, charging ports for phones and other gadgets and information such as weather and news displayed on the ‘trunk’.
So far, you can find Smart Palms on Kite Beach and in Zabeel Park , with plenty more to be installed in our parks and public spaces over the coming months.
The future of navigation
For all its wonderful, cutting-edge technology, Dubai can be a tricky city to navigate, as some neighbourhoods do not have a traditional street address system. Earlier this year, a revolutionary new system Makani Dubai was introduced. Each building in the emirate is allocated a unique number, which is displayed in a prominent area of the building and can be used by emergency services or delivery vehicles to find the exact location of the address.
The system comes with an integrated app supported by GPS navigator, Garmin, which allows anyone to locate any address and provides directions by car, public transport and on foot.
There are plenty of apps available to make life easier for visitors to Dubai. The Dubai Tourism App offers a comprehensive guide on things to do in our city, with restaurants, landmarks and entertainment listings, as well as suggested itineraries and a database of useful contacts.
Most of our major malls , including the Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Marina Mall, also have their own apps to help visitors find their way around and explore all the shopping and entertainment offerings available.
Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing