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The residents and the tourists in Dubai will now receive free WiFi across the 3.5 km long Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Emaar has announced that they have teamed up with Du to offer complimentary WiFi for all.
The initiative follows the ‘Smart City’ project announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The aim is to provide all residents free wifi in Dubai , mostly in public places along with ‘live’ services and information to create a smart city.
Free wifi in Dubai, part of the Smart City initiative
The project will be executed over a number of phases and is being overseen by one of the Sheikh’s sons, Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed. It will enable people to use government services online, in particular to manage education, healthcare and security via smart systems, whenever and wherever they are in Dubai.
It will be achieved via sensors placed throughout the city, although plans are in their early stages, so no indication has been given on what technology will underpin it or if the service will be free. There will also be access to sites run by airlines, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and banks, although it is not clear yet whether the hotspots will allow for open internet access.
A whole city wirelessly connected for free to the internet is an ambitious project and it will be interesting to see if this extends beyond the urbanised areas into the desert and sparsely populated areas. The difference today when a government talks about connected cities compared to over the past decade is that many citizens are now connected, due to the proliferation of 3G. But in this instance, Dubai is really targeting an anytime, anywhere model for its services, and giving people the choice of accessing them without chewing up their data packages.
News provided by Dubai Events