Time Out explains how Dubai will be the greenest city in the world, including sustainable projects like the solar parks and Hyperloop
As one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Dubai has understandably suffered the environmental consequences of mass oil production and a population that’s constantly commuting by car.
Fortunately, authorities have been quick to react to these trends and the UAE now has an array of sustainable projects in place that are set to make Dubai the world’s greenest city by 2020.
We’ve picked seven that are definitely worth getting excited about.
Paperless Dubai By 2020 all paper transactions and form-filling relating to Dubai Government will be processed through the city’s Blockchain strategy, an encrypted online database. That means no more paperwork and therefore fewer trees being chopped down. As an added plus, there are the huge financial savings and the expected reduction of 25 million works hours.
Sustainable City Having a city within a city (more than five million square feet) that’s dedicated exclusively to sustainability acts as the perfect showpiece for Dubai’s ambitious environmental strategy. Every part of Sustainable City will be dedicated to its residents’ green and healthy lifestyle: a public orchard acting like a kind of nature’s supermarket, solar panels on every home, a green buffer zone around the city perimeter to reduce noise pollution and improve air quality... a real utopia!
World’s largest solar park Dubai has found the perfect way to put its 3,500 plus hours of yearly sunshine to great use. The city will soon be home to a solar-powered plant the size of 285 football fields, capable of supplying electricity to 20,000 properties by 2017 and 800,000 by 2030. The world’s largest solar park will improve Dubai’s carbon footprint dramatically, reducing emissions by a whopping 6.5million tonnes every year.
Hyperloop You may have heard already about Dubai’s highly anticipated Hyperloop, a futuristic means of transport that will get passengers from Dubai to Fujairah in just 10 minutes. Apart from reaching speeds of 1200kph, the technology uses electricity rather than any form of polluting fuel. If a route between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is approved in due course, it is likely to massively cut carbon emissions as UAE commuters will have a much faster and less stressful alternative to driving around in their cars.
Green Week What better testament to Dubai’s environmental mission than the fact that the city has hosted Green Week for the past 17 years? Part of WETEX (The Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition), it’s an event that’s entirely devoted to raising environmental awareness and promoting green culture. Both Green Week and WETEX have received international appraisal and have turned Dubai into a hub for ground-breaking ideas in the fields of sustainability and green energy.
Oasis Eco Resort It makes perfect sense that a country with some of the most famous hotels in the world also have the planet’s greenest eco resort. We have to admit that the Oasis Eco Resort won’t be built in Dubai but in the middle of the Liwa desert. It does however represent the Emirati push for sustainable living better than anywhere else, as it will be built on a natural spring, combining ancestral Bedouin use of natural resources with the latest green technology.
Electric Cars Dubai’s driverless cars may have made headlines this year for exactly that reason but it’s important not to forget that the EZ10s zipping around Downtown are also electric. Although mass production is yet to be launched, they represent a first step in the direction of non-fuel reliant cars, pretty hard for a country that has enough oil underground to last for at least a few more years.