Ever since the Minister of Happiness, Ohood Al Roumi, was announced last month, we’ve had every reason to smile.
Since the appointment of Minister of Happiness, is Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, a 100-day happiness plan has been put in place.
And, if that didn’t make you happy, perhaps this news will: the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) to build Al Saada (Arabic for ‘happiness’) Park at the Dubai Ladies Club.
What’s so special about Al Saada Park, and why should you be happy about it? Well, the park is kitted out with a bunch of innovative sports equipment, that turns the kinetic energy generated from you exercising into electricity. So if you needed that extra reason to get up and work out, well, now you have it.
The electricity generated from your workout will be stored in special units, and can be used for charging phones and smart devices, lighting, cooling water, or other personal devices. The park will also have children’s games that run on the energy produced by people using the equipment. So if you were looking for a workout but didn’t want to leave your little one at home, well now you can take them along with you.
The park, split into three bits, will include the energy production and storage section, the energy usage section, and an awareness section that uses smart educational methods to spread the word of environmental awareness in interactive ways.
“But exercise just makes me tired, not happy,” we hear you say. Well, according to DEWA, sport is important for people’s happiness as it enhances harmony and human bonding in society.
DEWA have always had the public’s best interests in mind, and the creation of the ‘happiness park’ lines up well with Dubai’s objectives to fight obesity and provide a healthy environment for all. The park is the first of its kind in the region, and seeks to promote not only exercise, but energy conservation and sustainability.
As of now, they have yet to announce an opening date for the park – but if it’s as cool as it sounds, we hope it’s in the not-too-distant future.