Dubai Can: Majid Al Futtaim group installs water-from-air refilling stations at Dubai Metro links

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Innovative public water stations have been installed at Dubai Metro links and inside shopping malls, in support of Dubai Can, aiming at sustainability as a way of life.

In a social media video posted by Dubai Media Office on Twitter, Ibrahim Al Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim, said the water refilling stations use innovative technology that can harvest water from air.

“We are producing more than 5,000 litres of water from air for more than 2,500 people – equivalent to two litres of water per person – on a daily basis. The water refilling stations are located at Dubai Metro links as well as in shopping malls.” Al Zu’bi said.

Producing water from air is simple science. The atmosphere contains water vapour and this source of water is tapped using the principle of condensation to extract moisture from the air and convert it into pure drinking water.

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Dubai Media Office said the use of innovative technologies to produce water from air is part of the partnership between public and private sectors to support the ‘Dubai Can’ campaign that was launched recently by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai.

‘Dubai Can’ is a citywide sustainability movement “designed to inspire people to make a difference through a series of sustainability-focused initiatives. It seeks to motivate communities across the city 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 ‘Dubai Can’initiative is aligned with the Dubai 2040 Urban Masterplan and the city’s commitment to helping the UAE achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and UAE NetZero 2050 initiative.

Earlier, Dubai has introduced a charge of 25 fils for single-use plastic bags starting from July 1. This will be applied in retail and clothing stores, restaurants and pharmacies, as well as in delivery and e-commerce orders. Authorities said the charge will be evaluated in stages before single-use plastic bags are banned completely in two years’ time.