Dubai to create its first solar powered park

Municipality official says Satwa Reservoir Park will be taken off power grid as part of revamp
Dubai to create its first solar powered park
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By Andy Sambidge
Sun 23 Mar 2014 02:32 PM

Dubai Municipality said on Sunday that the reconstruction of one of Dubai's oldest parks will transform it into the emirate's first to be powered by solar energy.

The works being carried out at Satwa Reservoir Park are underway with the new-look park expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Taleb Abdul Karim Julfar, director of Public Parks and Horticulture Department, said it will be the first to be taken off the power grid and will rely on renewable energy only.

"The old park was established in 1980 in Satwa with a landmark of the region, which is the water reservoir tower. Dubai Municipality rebuilds this park to be the first park in the Emirate of Dubai that entirely relies on solar energy without using the public electricity connection," Julfar said.

He said the revamp plan was part of Dubai Municipality's strategy to expand green areas and provide entertainment services in the emirate.

Dubai Municipality said it aims to make the city of Dubai "one of most beautiful and green cities of the world".

Currently, there are 103 public entertainment places in Dubai, including six major parks, two open beaches, four pond parks, 33 residential parks and 58 public squares in addition to a number of new parks under construction .

"Dubai parks are the most important and busiest places in the country in terms of the number of visitors and events organised by various community groups on special occasions such as holidays and celebrations.

"The department is proud of its excellence in providing unique services ensuring the highest standards of comfort and cleanliness as well as maintaining the environment," he added.

Last month, it was announced that four projects to create new public parks and a square in Dubai had been approved by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai.

They will be created at a cost of AED14.6 million ($3.9 million) and are expected to be completed by the first quarter of the year 2015.

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