Lonely Planet Writer

Dubai's smart palm trees provide wifi, news, weather and shade!

Palm trees are springing up all over Dubai’s beaches – but this time they’re of the electronic variety.

Al Mamzar Beach Park, Dubai.
Al Mamzar Beach Park, Dubai. Image by Fabio Achilli / CC BY 2.0

The solar-powered, six-metre tall artificial palms offer wifi access and extra-fast mobile phone charging. Shaped like date palm trees, they also provide shade and seating for users and are installed with touchscreens containing information about Dubai, news and weather forecasts. Read more: thenational.ae