Or is it another impossible city to normally sustain
As global warming is a more and more of a serious threat to any livelihood on this planet, a rising awareness that dependence on the intensive consumption of fossil fuels may not be that sustainable.
Dubai with the availability of cheap energy that together with its high consumption of energy infrastructure allowed it to come into the world’s few successful trading cities circle. ‘Climatesing’ all of its habitable interior spaces and running its transportation on a designed exclusively for motor vehicles urban sprawl with the use of desalinated water to irrigate its city green landscapes in a commendable initiative of turning the desert liveable and green may after all not be such a green operation.
Recent global analyses of ecological resource use have classed the UAE as the least environmentally friendly country due to its heavy reliance on the use of fossil energy just to survive. A summit with all of the above in mind will be arranged in Dubai towards the end of this year. We shall come back for comments on the resulting findings. In the meantime here is below Trade Arabia News Services rendering of it.
Dubai to host sustainable cities summit
More than 350 regional and global thought leaders will showcase the best global practices in sustainability for the built environment and discuss the future of smart cities at a key summit in Dubai, UAE, in December.
The “Dubai Sustainable Cities Summit” is being organised by the Real Estate Investment Management and Promotion Center, the investment arm of the Dubai Land Department (DLD), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The invite-only summit, to be held in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel on December 17, is aimed at bolstering economic, social and environmental relations and support less developed countries.
Commenting on the event, Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, the director general of DLD, said hosting such a show is further proof of Dubai’s global position of leadership.
“We hope the outcomes of the summit and the declarations signed will contribute to the advancement and development of all the cities in the UAE and the Arab world, especially in the face of current challenges,” he noted.
Majida Ali Rashid, the assistant director general of DLD and head of the Investment Management and Promotion Centre, said: “The summit will explore how technology, education, integration, employment and measurement can be utilised to accelerate and measure the success of sustainable strategies across the Arab world.”
The event defines sustainable cities through a number of strategic goals including access to affordable and safe housing, safe, sustainable and affordable public transport, improved safety, sustainable urbanisation, strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage, and limiting the negative impact of cities on the environment.
It will place a particular focus on the eleventh United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) which relates to sustainable smart Cities.
This includes ten objectives that cover issues being addressed through the Summit’s agenda. Key themes for the Summit reflect the main influencing factors that combine to accelerate efficiency and sustainability for the built environment, said the organisers.
The agenda of the summit aims to create a narrative that explains how Dubai and other regional cities can create more sustainable environments.
The organisers have lined up top speakers at the event including natural science writer and founder of biomimicry 3.8, Janine Benyus, who will present a keynote on the important design lessons that can be learned from nature besides American futurist and writer Alex Steffen who will speak about the crucial role sustainable cities will play in the future of the planet.
The other notable experts include Fahd Al Rasheed, the group chief executive and managing director at King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia and Dr Abdulla Al Karam, the chairman of the board of directors and director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, among others.
The summit will be the first event of its kind to follow on from the major UN conference on climate change, COP 21 in Paris, which will take place in December.
The regional leadership from UNEP will provide insights on how the outcomes of COP21, with particular regard to the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will impact on the Gulf region.
-TradeArabia News Service