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‘Dubai Can’ sustainability initiative gains momentum

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The citywide sustainability movement, Dubai Can, has welcomed the far-reaching support of Dubai’s major stakeholders and industry partners.

The initiative, which aims to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles, was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.

It witnessed a successful launch on February 16 with overwhelming support from the Department of Economy and Tourism’s (DET) industry stakeholders and partners as well as communities in Dubai, with more than 500 destinations, hotels, attractions and malls across the city already lending their support.

Founding partner Talabat and key partners Accor, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate, Expo 2020 Dubai, Dell Technologies, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), Dubai Holding, Dubai Municipality, Dubai World Trade Centre, Emaar, Emirates NBD, Majid Al Futtaim, Merex Investment, Nakheel, PepsiCo and Shamal are early supporters of the Dubai Can initiative, with each entity installing fountains enabling the community to ‘refill for life’.

In addition, a network of key stakeholders drawn from the business and tourism sectors have pledged to install a fountain, meaning that more than 50 fountains will be in place across the city by December 2022 which will further highlight Dubai’s position as a global liveability hub, in line with the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan.

Dubai Can encourages communities, businesses, residents and visitors to undertake simple changes such as using refillable water bottles and public water stations and installing water filters in their homes, offices and schools.

The initiative also supports Dubai’s commitment to meeting the UAE’s UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 initiative.

Residents and visitors to Dubai now have access to more than 30 water stations across the city as part of this initiative, with prime public locations including beaches, parks, malls and major attractions.

The drinking water from the stations is kept cool at a temperature of 10°C offering people a refreshing, clean and safe alternative, while also driving a ‘refill culture’. 

All water stations across the city will provide the highest standards of hygiene and maintain strict adherence to municipal, healthcare and federal regulations.

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