Dubai to set up sustainable smart sports park for women

Published March 10th, 2016 - 04:12 GMT

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said it has signed a deal with Dubai Women Establishment to  set up the region’s first innovative sustainable smart sports park for women.

The Al Saada (Arabic for ‘happiness’) park at Dubai Ladies Club is a scale model of a smart sustainable activity park that uses sports to promote sustainability, said a statement from the Dubai utility.

Sustainability is one of the key pillars of a smart city and sport is important for people’s happiness as it enhances harmony and human bonding in society. This initiative combines both the sustainability and happiness of society.

Al Saada promotes sustainability by using innovative sports equipment that transforms kinetic energy into electricity, said the statement from Dewa.

It also supports Dubai’s objectives to fight obesity and provide a healthy environment for all.

The generated power is used for different purposes. This contributes to providing a healthy environment for society, making them fitter and happier by introducing sports in their daily agenda. This in turn, promotes a culture of exercise and raises environmental awareness, it stated.

Al Saada is a world-class activity park that demonstrates Dubai as it is becoming a sustainable hub that adopts best international practices in energy usage, efficiency and the sensible management of natural resources, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa after signing the MoU with Mona Al Marri, the chairperson of the board at DWE and managing director.

The recreational innovative equipment in the park transforms kinetic energy into electricity and stores it in special units. Stored energy can be used in special units for charging phones and smart devices, lighting, cooling water, or other personal devices, he stated.

"We are pleased to work with Dubai Women Establishment in this key project, which is the first of its kind in the region. It is the first of a number of innovative smart platforms that turn people’s kinetic energy into electricity in an innovative way to promote exercise, energy conservation, and sustainability," stated Al Tayer.

On the new park, Al Marri said: "The MoU outlines our commitment to supporting the pioneering approach of our wise leadership to strengthen innovation and creativity in the UAE, as a foundation for developing new opportunities in the future."

Shamsa Saleh, the chief executive of DWE, Khawla Al Mehairi, VP of Marketing and Corporate  Communications at Dewa, and Lamia Khan, the director of Dubai Ladies Club were also present at the signing ceremony.

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