An initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, aims to shift the city into a more sustainable lifestyle and encourage a 'refill culture'.
Titled 'Dubai Can', the citywide initiative is committed to aiding UAE achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals through the provision of free water stations around the city. The campaign sets to encourage residents and tourists alike to reduce the consumption of plastic bottles, and instead opt to refill their own environmentally-friendly bottles at the free and safe drinking water stations available around Dubai.
Over 30 water stations have been installed in designated locations such as Kite Beach, Dubai World Trade Centre, Zabeel Park Madinat Jumeirah, and City Centre Deira. Around 50 more refill stations will be added across the emirate. You can view the full list of stations installed at: www.dubaican.com
Earlier this year a ban was announced on the consumption of single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and supermarkets with an added charge of 25 fils, starting 1 July 2022. The fee applies to restaurants, pharmacies, retail & clothing stores, and e-commerce deliveries as well.
The charge will be evaluated in multiple stages before single-use plastic bags are banned completely in two years’ time.