Dubai launches smart night time swimming beach

The two smart solar and wind-powered poles have been installed on Umm Suqeim-1

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Dubai launches smart night time swimming beach The two smart solar and wind-powered poles have been installed on Umm Suqeim-1, which is a kilometre away from the Burj Al Arab hotel.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  May 22, 2017

Dubai Municipality has opened the first night swimming public beach as part of its vision to make the emirate a happy and sustainable city.

The two smart solar and wind-powered poles have been installed on Umm Suqeim-1, which is a kilometre away from the Burj Al Arab hotel.

The two poles rely only on clean energy generated from wind and sun, which will then provide high density light for the sea and electricity for the changing rooms.

Eng. Alia AbdulRahim Al Harmoudi, director of Environment Department, said: "The smart poles were installed at a height of 12 metres, which light the side of the beach up to a width of 120 metres and a depth of 50 metres inside the sea water.

"Each pole can generate about 1.5 kW of electricity per day from a combination of wind and solar energy. The poles are made of weather resistant reinforced fibers, making them suitable for installation in the coastal environment. In addition, the poles are equipped with sensors that enable them to light the beach automatically after sunset."

She added: "Smart poles are equipped with digital screens to display marine warnings in case of sea disturbance. The texts of the marine warnings and the colors of the flags usually flying on the beaches to warn the swimmers will be scrolled on the screens. When the red light shines, it indicates the danger of swimming and its impossibility."

The night beach will remain open from sunset to 12am, with Dubai Municipality appointing 84 lifeguards.

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