Free Wi-Fi 'Smart Palms' in full bloom at Umm Suqeim Beach
What’s On has details of more than 100 free Wi-Fi stations, known as Smart Palms, that will be installed in Dubai’s public beaches and parks.
Visitors to Dubai’s Umm Suqeim Beach will now be able to surf the internet as well as the waves thanks to a free Wi-Fi station that was installed last Thursday.
Called a Smart Palm, the electronic self-sufficient station is said to provide beachgoers at the public beach with high-speed internet within a range of 200 metres as well as phone charging points.
Shaped like a palm tree and standing at six metres tall, the first Smart Palm was unveiled in Zabeel Park in April 2015. By the end of this year more than 103 of these stations are expected to be providing free Wi-Fi and fast mobile phone charging services to visitors across Dubai’s parks, beaches and other public spaces.
Each Smart Palm relies solely on solar power, but can still support up to 50 users at a time and charge phones and tablets more than two times faster than a regular plug.
Following the launch at Umm Suqeim Beach, the stations will continue to pop up across the city’s public beaches and parks, including Al Mamzar Park, Jumeirah 1 Beach and Dubai Marina Beach.
Similar to the information points at The Beach opposite JBR, the Smart Palms also feature screens where users can discover weather information, local news, Dubai information and a selfie camera. But they will also include shaded seating, making it easier to use the different features.