Now, ‘smart poles’ to light up Dubai beaches at ni

Dubai: Dubai’s sun-drenched beaches are set to shine bright at night too with the installation of ‘smart poles’ providing high-intensity lighting on the shores.

The first two smart poles that generate electricity using solar and wind energy have been installed on the Umm Suqeim Beach 1, almost a kilometre away from Burj Al Arab.

The smart poles have been installed by D Idea Media, the company responsible for other smart installations — two smart palms and two smart changing rooms — on the same beach, in cooperation with Dubai Municipality.

The pilot project is aimed at illuminating the beach areas after sunset so that authorities can consider allowing night swimming, Viktor Nelepa, the founder and CEO of the company, told Gulf News.

Currently, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Police, the two entities in charge of beach safety, do not allow night swimming on Dubai beaches. With the smart poles providing lighting on the beach, Nelepa said authorities are expected to consider allowing swimming in the lit-up area.