By Andy Sambidge
State utility DEWA set to install 100 charging stations across Dubai as part of Smart City initiative
Dubai is preparing to lay down the infrastructure to promote the use of electric-powered cars in the emirate, a senior official has announced.
Electric car charging stations are being planned across Dubai in support of the Smart Dubai initiative, said Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of state utility DEWA in comments published by Dubai daily Gulf News.
He said DEWA will install and manage the infrastructure and operation of electric vehicles.
In phase one of the project, DEWA will install 100 charging stations across Dubai, starting in the next couple of months and completed a year later.
His comments follow an announcement last month of a AED1.1 billion ($299 million) Smart City project, which will be served by electricity-charged vehicles.
The Silicon Park project in Dubai comprises 97,000 sq m of office space, 25,000 sq m of commercial space, 20,000 sq m of residential area, and a 115-room business hotel in addition to restaurants, cafes, health and fitness centres, running tracks and cycling trails, prayer rooms, a shopping centre and underground parking for more than 2,500 cars.
Work has started on the project which is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2017.
“This initiative will decrease air pollution and protect the environment against the impact caused by transport sectors in the emirate,” the DEWA chief was quoted as saying.
Dubai's smart city strategy features six key pillars and 100 initiatives covering transport, communications, infrastructure, electricity, economic services and urban planning.
Under the strategy, 1,000 government services will go smart in the next three years.
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the "gigantic project" aims to touch the lide of every citizen in the country.