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Construction work at $4m Dubai 'smart park' complete

by Oscar Rousseau on Mar 11, 2018

Al Barsha South Park - Dubai's first 'smart park'
Al Barsha South Park - Dubai's first 'smart park'

Construction of the $4m (AED15m) Al Barsha South Park, powered using renewable energy, has been completed, according to Dubai Municipality's General Projects Department.

Al Barsha South Park has 150 parking spaces with rows of solar panels sitting on top of a flower-shaped canopy protecting parked vehicles from the sun. 

These solar panels will generate 260 megawatts of electricity per hour for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority network. Renewable energy will be used to power the lights in the car park, the irrigation system, and the public toilets in the Al Barsha South Park.

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Because it aims to be powered by renewable energy, it has been dubbed Dubai's “first smart park”. 

Al Barsha South Park includes two children's play areas with rubber flooring, a child's cycling track, benches, outdoor fitness equipment, an 800m running track for adults, and public toilets.

“The park was designed taking into consideration all the standards of sustainability and quality that are the basis of the design of parks, in addition to taking into account the category of the People of Determination in terms of choosing the appropriate games and ease of movement as well as the safety factor,” Dubai’s General Projects Department director, Marwan Al Mohammed, said.

“Park areas are linked by pedestrian paths of various types and have shaded wooden seating and sign boards. Visitors and joggers can practice their sports hobbies on an exterior jogging track around the park, which is equipped with fitness equipment,” he said.

The project is park of Dubai’s ongoing efforts to boost residential areas within the city by building more parks and green spaces for the city’s growing population to enjoy