A new parking app and more free WiFi as part of Dubai's 'Smart City'

A new parking app and more free WiFi as part of Dubai's 'Smart City'

Launched by telecom operator du

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Free WiFi across the whole of Dubai and a smartphone application that helps drivers find parking spaces are among initiatives to turn Dubai into a 'Smart City' within the next three years

On March 5, one of the region's largest telecom operators, du, launched WiFi UAE, a plan that provides internet access in public areas for residents — across Dubai. 

The digital initiative is keeping within the 'Smart City' project, as Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, reviewed plans for it from government departments on Wednesday.

The plan includes WiFi access in all parks, buses and taxis as well as a new smartphone app which will be able to tell drivers if there are parking spaces available as they entered a street.

Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs said, "Sheikh Mohammed said the Government and the city must be transformed into a smart city, and he gave us three years to accomplish this feat."

The project will initially cover 100 prominent locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is set for completion in the second quarter of this year.