For some people, heading to the beach is an opportunity to switch off from the world and enjoy a bit of peaceful reflection. But, for those that don't feel comfortable setting their phone aside for a few hours, Dubai Municipality has found a way they can remain online.
As regional news website Emirates 24/7 reports, Dubai Municipality last week launched the Smart Palm on the city's Umm Subqeim Beach, giving beachgoers free access to Wi-Fi and other smart services.
Previously trialled in Zabeel Park, the Smart Palm will soon be available on all public beaches in Dubai, revealed Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.
As well as offering Wi-Fi connection, the Smart Palm boasts touchscreens which enable users to learn facts about the beach they are sitting on, as well as information about Dubai in general.
Shaded seating means users will able to comfortably enjoy the services on the beach, while charging stations will ensure that they don't end up running their batteries down in the process.
Beachgoers will be able to get connected as long as they are within 200 metres of the aesthetically appropriate device, with up to 50 people able to access high-speed internet at any one time.
The 20-foot electronic trees, which include 12.8 square metres of solar cells, will provide a range of information including the weather, sea conditions, transportation and other amenities in Dubai via touchscreens and speakers.
More than 100 Smart Palms will be installed this year on Al Mamzar Beach, Al Mamzar Corniche, Jumeirah 1 Beach, Jumeirah 2 Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1 Beach, Umm Suqeim 2 Beach, JBR and Dubai Marina Beach.
Implementation of the Smart Palm takes Dubai another step closer to becoming a smart city, said Lootah. It will be interesting to see how Dubai's transformation to the smart city unfolds.