More than 1,500 organisations are expected to join in this year’s Dubai Municipality Car-Free Day, set to happen on February 5.
The event is considered Dubai’s biggest environmental awareness campaign.
Senior officials and employees of the participating departments and companies will be walking, cycling or using any of the public transport modes to work. Keeping the tradition of leading by example, directors of many participating government departments will be ditching their luxury cars and will ride the Dubai Metro.
In 2016, the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority had held a Car Free Day on a separate day in which employees of over 100 firms in the Free Zone participated.
According to 2015 RTA stats, for every 1000 people in Dubai there are 540 cars, making it one of the cities with the highest vehicle densities in the world.
“At 8.2 per cent, the average annual increase of vehicles in Dubai is very high,” Nasser Abu Shehab, Director of Strategic Transport Planning at RTA, said last year.
“If this same annual increase rate continues in future, the number of registered vehicles in Dubai can reach around 2.22 million vehicles in the year 2020.”