Dubai Municipality to Distribute Smart Cards for Playground Access

Dubai Municipality to Distribute Smart Cards for Playground Access

Dubai Municipality will be distributing free smart cards among residents in 33 areas of Dubai providing exclusive access to playgrounds and sports grounds

Dubai Municipality has introduced e-gates for play areas in the residential neighbourhoods of Dubai. These e-gates, which can be opened with smart cards, have been added for the privacy and security of the people visiting the playgrounds and pitches. The municipality will be distributing free smart cards by the end of January in 33 areas of Dubai, including 23 playgrounds for children and 10 sports grounds for people of all ages. Each family will be receiving three free smart cards from the municipality.

The new initiative is in line with the directives of Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It aims to improve Dubai residents’ quality of life and is also the result of Dubai Municipality’s goal to build a happy and sustainable city, with safe recreational and public facilities.

Speaking about this initiative, Dubai Municipality’s Director of Customers and Partners Relations Department, Manal Obaid Bin Yaarouf said, "The Municipality is keen to provide the luxury of living for citizens and residents in the emirate, and to make them happy in various ways to achieve the desired goals of Dubai Vision 2021, confirming the Municipality's tireless efforts to provide amenities for relaxation, recreation and enjoyment for citizens and residents in Dubai. The Municipality has translated the meaning of privacy by providing the play areas with e-gates, which will contribute to enhancing safety and privacy for the residents of the area."

She said this measure had been taken following many complaints from residents regarding the misuse of the playgrounds by strangers. The new e-gates will ensure the safety and protection of children and public property. The smart cards will be first distributed in six of the 33 areas. They will open the e-gates for 9 seconds so more than one person can enter with a single card. 

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.