Hamdan bin Mohammed, senior officials partake in “Car Free Day” initiative

DUBAI, 5th February 2015 (WAM) — On the occasion of celebrating the 18th National Environment Day, launched under the patronage of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has called on spreading effective methods towards preserving the environment. Sheikh Hamdan also called on encouraging all members of the community to support all efforts exerted in this regard so as to improve the quality of life for today’s and future generations.

In support to the initiative’s objectives that aim to reduce carbon emission from vehicles, Sheikh Hamdan and a number of government officials took part, this Wednesday, in the initiative, which was organised by Dubai Municipality this highlighting the initiative’s importance as a national and moral commitment to preserve our resources and ecosystem.

Alongside H.H. Sheikh Hamdan were Director General of Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Mattar Al Tayer, Director of Dubai Ruler’s Court, Mohammed Abdullah Al Shebani, Director-General of Department of Economic Development, Sami Al Qamzi, Director-General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Hilal Saeed Al Marri and Director-General of Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Essa Al Maidoor.

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H.H. Sheikh Hamadan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum affirmed that the UAE is exerting utmost efforts to protect the environment and achieve the country’s sustainable development goals in addition to increasing awareness level through community participation in environment-related activities and events. He further asserted that such initiatives will encourage the public to reconsider and rationalise resources’ use in everyday life a move that expresses our national and moral commitment to conserve our resources and protect our environment. Sheikh Hamdan noted that such positive practice rests with the individuals and the community alike.

The Crown Prince also commended the initiative and its objectives that have exceeded expected goals of increasing awareness levels to taking tangible steps in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. This year’s edition of “Car Free Day” aimed to reduce 70 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, compared to 20 tons achieved last year, by encouraging employees and officials to switch to public transportation.

Sheikh Hamdan expressed his satisfaction over the large turnout of the participants, which reflects the growing awareness of the importance of such initiatives. He also affirmed the government’s keenness to promote Dubai as a hub for innovative solutions to achieve sustainable development goals.

Last year’s edition of “Car Free Day” succeeded in reducing 20 tons of carbon dioxide emissions after more than 7,000 private cars were replaced by public transportation.