Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) has provided a progress update on its citywide sustainability programme, Dubai Can.

Launched in February last year, the initiative has eliminated more than seven million 500ml single-use plastic water bottles to date.

It aims to increase awareness of the impact of single-use plastics and promote reusable bottles by installing water fountains at strategic locations across Dubai, including public parks, beaches and popular tourist destinations.

Fountains have also been installed at homes, hotels and other private locations as part of the Dubai Can programme.

Since its launch, Dubai Can has partnered with leading online food delivery service provider talabat to install 50 water fountains in different locations.

The partners recently installed fountains in Hatta, Dubai Sports City, Port Rashid and Dubai Internet City.

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Private companies have also joined the initiative by installing water fountains in their offices to help reduce the use of single-use plastic in workplaces.

The initiative is part of Dubai’s efforts to adhere to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the UAE’s ban on single-use plastic bags, which came into effect on 1 June last year.

Dubai DET corporate strategy and performance sector acting CEO Yousuf Lootah said: “In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a leading sustainable destination, the Dubai Can movement has experienced considerable success since its launch one year ago.

“We are extremely proud of the progress the initiative has made and we hope that during this year and beyond, the initiative will continue to encourage residents and tourists to adopt greener practices and lifestyle choices contributing to the Dubai Economic Agenda D33’s goal of consolidating Dubai’s status as one of the world’s top three global cities.”