The Dubai Municipality's Smart Palm solar tech hub project will offer free WiFi service and charging points for smartphones and tablets. It will also be used to announce weather warnings to beach goers.

Two interactive screens to demonstrate awareness about the Emirate, including weather information, a camera and loudspeakers are the highlights of the Smart Palms that will be sprouting on Dubai beaches, the municipality announced on Tuesday.

Loudspeakers will be used to make public announcements including weather warnings. The Smart Palm is a self-sustaining community tech hub, the structure of which is in the shape of a date palm tree.

The six-metre high solar-powered structure has solar panels fixed on top of its fronds-shaped roof. It also has an attached platform equipped with 12 charging points, designed to support both mobile phones and tablets.

All public beaches in the Emirate will be made smart with the installation of Smart Palms in as many as 50 locations, Director-General of the Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah said.

The move is part of making Dubai the most smart and sustainable city. The locations include Al Mamzar Beach, Mamzar Corniche, Jumeirah 1,2,3 beaches, Umm Suqueim 1 and 2 beaches, Dubai Marina and JBR beach.