Leave your car at home this Sunday (February 24)

Car-Free Day UAE

Drivers across Dubai and other Emirates are urged to leave their cars at home and use public transport to get to and from work this Sunday.

Held every year, this is the 10th edition of the annual Car-Free Day.

The event will be led by senior officials and other prolific personal in the UAE who will also leave their vehicles behind and board the metro.

The group will start their journey from Etisalat Metro Station located in Al Qusais 3 and continue to Union Metro Station which sits in the heart of Deira.

To celebrate the occasion, a special exhibition will be held.

Now in its tenth year, as per the Dubai Municipality (DM), Car-Free Day is at “raising Dubai’s profile among the world’s eco-friendly cities by finding all sustainable and effective solutions to meet various environmental challenges.”

According to studies conducted, a standard four-door saloon vehicle produces close to 140kg of carbon dioxide and four tonnes of emissions per year.

Last year, DM held a competition on social media where three lucky participants won an Apple watch, iPad mini and vouchers.

In 2018, more than 60,000 residents in the UAE opted to take public transport instead of using their vehicles.

Select residents also joined the cause by cycling and even walking to their offices to help reduce the UAE’s carbon footprint.

Other government departments have supported Car-Free Day including the Ministry of Community Development.

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