'Smart' UAE on Track With Free Wi-Fi on Dubai Metro

Free Wi-Fi on all Dubai Metro trains and stations is now a reality.

Access to the Internet from Dubai Metro has long been on the wish list of many commuters. The introduction of free Wi-Fi on Dubai Metro is part of the ‘Wi-Fi UAE’ initiative, which was rolled out on several locations in order to contribute to ‘Smart’ UAE.

Dubai Tram, Dubai International Financial Centre, Knowledge Village, Dubai Media City, Emaar Boulevard, Global Village and Du shops are among the connected areas.

“This year, Du provides not just Dubai Metro and Tram users, but also UAE residents across more than 200 locations the option to connect to ‘Wi-Fi UAE’, in line with the telecom operator’s continuing efforts to enable the smart city of tomorrow,” Du said in a statement.

All the commuter needs to do is switch on the Wi-Fi reception, and opt for the Metro network. There are two options; free Wi-Fi and a premium option, which allows for more access. Free Wi-Fi offers users restricted speed access to surf the web, check emails and use social media apps; while Premium Wi-Fi gives customers the option of high speed internet access at two convenient price points.

With the free-of-charge permanent connectivity within Dubai Metro areas, the commuter experience has now truly changed. While eager tourists may still be seen gazing outside the window while the Metro rides along – Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa or the ski piste of the Mall of the Emirates (MOE), regular commuters who take the Metro on a daily basis are happy to hop on to the world wide web.

“I make a 40-minute trip back and forth every day, mostly standing as all the seats are taken. Being able to surf the net makes this trip a lot shorter,” said Noor Abdulla, 28, a Syrian resident in Dubai.

“I never made use of the Wi-Fi when it was available against a charge, and I do not want to consume my data unless I really need it. I would not connect to the net until I came home. This is very good news. I am very grateful for this service,” said another commuter.

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