Dubai World Trade Centre gets Smart Palm for Gitex


D-Idea Media announced it has installed a unit of Smart Palm outside Dubai World Trade Centre on the eve of technology exhibition Gitex.

The solar-powered structure, the city’s third, offers various public information services, with facilities for recharging mobile phones and tablets, including free outdoor WiFi access in collaboration with WiFi UAE, as a part of the City’s Smart concept for free outdoor WiFi.

This installation follows the launch of the first Smart Palm at Zabeel Park in April 2015, and the second one on the beach by Burj Al Arab with an added benefit of four solar-powered sunbeds.


A total of 103 installations have been planned in collaboration with Dubai Municipality and other UAE Government entities to serve the public in parks, beaches, and other areas within Dubai, with a projected completion by the end of 2016.

Designs and construction techniques for Smart Palm are being improved by D-Idea, Viktor Nelapa, founder of the company, told Construction Week.

The fourth unit of Smart Palm is expected to be ready by 24 October, 2015, Nelapa said, and it will be created using 3D printing technology.

The Palm will be made of fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) as opposed to steel, making it lighter, more durable, with added ultraviolet- and humidity protection, thereby greatly reducing maintenance requirements of the structure.

This station will be the world’s largest item of outdoor furniture to be created using the 3D printing system, Nelapa added.

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