Tuesday 16, August 2016

Sharjah – MENA Herald: Sharjah’s leisure landscape became that much greener yesterday (Tuesday) following the unveiling of two new electric vehicle charging stations at Al Qasba, Sharjah’s premier leisure, tourism and family destination. The new facilities form part of the emirate’s green parking initiative, which was recently launched by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) with the aim of promoting a sustainable ecosystem in Sharjah.

The inauguration of the two new charging stations is aimed at spreading awareness about the importance of electric vehicles in preserving the environment, decreasing harmful emissions and reducing the carbon footprint. Al Qasba’s management is keen to highlight the role played by green parking – of which electric vehicle charging stations are a main component – in promoting sound environmental practices.

“The launch of green parking in Al Qasba through the establishment of two charging stations for electric cars is a significant boost to Sharjah government’s efforts of adopting more sustainable methods and advancing the emirate’s status as an eco-friendly city. As electric vehicles become more and more established moving forwards, we anticipate that the number of charging stations will increase correspondingly in the emirate, with additional stations being installed at Al Qasba as required,” said Sultan Mohammed Shattaf, Manager of Al Qasba.

“This initiative is of particular importance to Al Qasba as it enables us to raise the awareness of our visitors about the significance of sustainability and the measures needed to conserve the environment. Customers who drive electric vehicles can now avail a free-of-charge recharging service while they are enjoying the world-class facilities at Al Qasba, including its cafes, restaurants, theatre, kids’ areas and numerous other attractions,” he added.

As part of the official inauguration ceremony for the two new electric vehicle stations at Al Qasba and to demonstrate their effectiveness, a pair of BMW electric cars – BMW i8 – were installed at the two lots in Al Qasba’s car park, one located in Block A and the other in Block D, to showcase the recharging technique. The event also hosted an expert in electric cars who was there to answer questions from the audience and explain how the vehicles work, in the process revealing their technology and the parts used in their manufacture.

Al Qasba offers a range of state-of-the-art facilities and tourist attractions, including restaurants, cafes, the Kids Fun Zone, the Al Qasba Musical Fountain, the Eye of the Emirates Ferris wheel and the Maraya Art Centre, among other facilities designed to meet the needs of visitors of all ages.