Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 October 2019

You can now get free Wi-Fi in these six Abu Dhabi parks

Going without data is fast becoming a thing of the past

Heritage Park is one of six Abu Dhabi public spaces set to offer free Wi-Fi. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Heritage Park is one of six Abu Dhabi public spaces set to offer free Wi-Fi. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Remember the days when you could only get Wi-Fi from the comfort of your own home? When free access to internet in public spaces was but a distant dream? These days, going without data for more than 30 minutes is a millennial's worst nightmare, but, thankfully, the Abu Dhabi Municipality is making sure that doesn't happen, as it rolls out complimentary Wi-Fi across the capital.

Most recently, it was announced that six public parks will offer free Wi-Fi services to visitors, in a bid to attract more guests to the areas. This includes Khalidiyah Park, Heritage Park, Capital Park, Post Office Park, Sheikh Hazza Park and Family Park.

The new service allows guests to securely access all government-approved websites and apps using any device, including laptops, smartphones and tablets.

Earlier this month, it was announced that free Wi-Fi will also now be available on public buses across the emirate, with a total of 520 bus routes to benefit from the new service.

As of Sunday, September 8, the 10 most popular routes in the city began dishing out the free connection, provided through du telecoms, with more being rolled out until March 2020. All buses providing the service bear a large sticker of the Wi-Fi symbol, so you can spot which one to hop on. Free internet access is also now being installed in the capital's main bus stations and bus stops.

In mid-July, it was announced that Careem taxis would also offers its passengers free unlimited Wi-Fi.

Updated: September 23, 2019 12:13 PM

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