Dubai: Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has introduced WiFi UAE service across all of its culture and heritage sites, concluding the project in Hatta Heritage Village.

This step follows the MoU signed last year with du — Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, one of the two providers of telecommunications services in the UAE, and is aligned with the authority’s mandate to provide high quality facilities that support creativity, innovation and cultural exchange.

Mohamad Yousif Al Hammadi, Director of Information Technology Department at Dubai Culture, commented: “Providing Wi-Fi service across all of our culture and heritage sites demonstrates Dubai Culture’s commitment to supporting Smart Dubai — a citywide initiative that aims to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world. Our goal is to enhance the overall visitor experience by keeping people connected, giving them easy access to online information sources, and encouraging them to share content via authority’s digital platforms.”

Dedicated signage will ensure that visitors are aware of the new services provided by du, and assist them in connecting to the internet while visiting Dubai Culture sites. Once connected, visitors will be encouraged to interact with Dubai Culture’s events and initiatives, which are regularly launched via the authority’s digital platforms.

“At du, our aim is to enhance the lives of UAE residents through connectivity to bring our vision of an entirely connected city to life,” said Jihad Tayara, vice-president business development and partnerships, du. “We are supporting the UAE’s Smart City ambition of bringing happiness to residents through the simple act of enabling communication for them. We are pleased to be partnering with Dubai Culture to further our initiatives and bring the option of free Wi-Fi to all public areas in Dubai.”

The WiFi UAE service offers users two types of internet connection; WiFi UAE, a free WiFi service with high speed access to government websites and WiFi UAE Premium, an affordable paid service that allows users unrestricted upload and download speed. To access the premium WiFi service, users must have a SIM or SIM-free WiFi-capable device such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, gaming devices, etc.