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Dubai’s first smart park is now open

Dubai opens its first smart park with electric car charging stations and parking lots that can harness solar energy Al Barsha South. The Al Barsha South Park is considered to be the first smart park in Dubai that has applied modern sustainable technologies.

The park, spread across an area of seven hectares, has completed at a cost of Dh15 million. Al Barsha is the first neighbourhood park in Dubai with electric car charging stations in the parking lot.

Dubai Municipality has a plan to provide electric car charging stations in all the upcoming neighbourhood parks with parking lots. “This is the first one to implement it,” said the authorities in a statement. The entry is free to neighbourhood parks in Dubai’s residential areas.

The smart park has 150 shaded parking spaces installed with solar panels, which have an electricity production capacity of more than 260 MW/hour per year. For the first time in the Dubai, the solar power facility that is connected to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) network has been provided with a robotic self-cleaning system, which increases the efficiency of power generation. The energy generated from these panels is used in the operation of the lighting systems in the park, the irrigation system and electrical loads in the service buildings in the park.

This is the first time that the Dubai Municipality has experimented with a smart control panel for the outdoor lighting systems of the park, adding a new look to the park, increasing the efficiency of lighting systems and contributing to the safety of the park visitors. The project was constructed as part of the strategy of Dubai Municipality to provide the residential areas of the city with parks to keep up with the urban expansion in the emirate.

The main entrance of the park includes a service building, which has toilets for men, women and People of Determination. The areas that are linked by pedestrian paths of various types have shaded wooden seating and sign boards. Visitors and fitness enthusiasts can use the 800-metre jogging track around the park, which is also equipped with a variety of fitness equipment. A bicycle track, two children’s games areas and a fenced family area are among the other facilities provided in the park.