Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah Director General of Dubai Municipality, and Eng Eisa Al Haj Al Maidour, Deputy Director General of Dubai Municipality, with other officials. Image Credit: COURTESY Dubai Muncipality

Dubai: Thousands of government, semi-government and private sector employees are expected to take part in the seventh annual car-free day on Sunday by leaving their vehicles at home, an official of the civic body announced on Wednesday.

Over 1,000 government departments and private companies confirmed their participation in the campaign to join the move by using more sustainable modes of transport to move around this Sunday, said Alia Al Harmoudi, director of the municipality’s environment department and head of the committee organising the campaign.

Al Harmoudi called on members of the public to also be part of the campaign.

“The campaign will see participation from different sectors and is considered one of the most important environmental initiatives organised in Dubai. The public’s participation will give a clear impression of their sense of community and responsibility towards environmental issues,” she said.

She said this will also help contribute to protecting natural resources in the emirate for present and future generations.

Al Harmoudi said that in preparations ahead of the event, Dubai Muncipality’s environment department had organised various sports activities to raise awareness about environmentally friendly modes of transport. She said it came as part of the series of activities and initiatives being organised in various places as part of the annual campaign.

“One of the sports activities was focused on teaching people about using a bicycle with a juice-making mixer attached to it. The activity saw a huge participation from people and was a good way to get people to work out and learn how to move around without causing any pollution.”

There will also be an exhibition linked to the campaign set up next to the main Dubai Municipality building in Deira, she added.