Dubai is going green. With sustainability fast becoming one of the most commonly used words in recent years, Dubai is ramping up its environmental efforts. Over the weekend, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum reviewed the immense projects that are set to see Dubai as a hub for environmental sustainability.
Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai assessed four of the upcoming projects by the Dubai Municipality on Saturday, October 31, which in total reflects a Dhs6.6bn development. Among the exciting new sustainable projects are the Green Dubai Project, the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary development, a public beach development, and the Dubai Center for Waste Processing project.
“The UAE is committed to implementing innovative projects that optimize the use of resources and solve critical challenges as part of the country’s strategy to ensure environmental sustainability,” said Sheikh Mohammed. “A key element in the UAE’s development model, environmental sustainability is reflected in all initiatives and projects launched by gov’t entities, independently or in partnership with the private sector. Sustainability is key to the UAE’s future-readiness,” he added.
The Dubai Green Project is envisioning a green oasis, with the first open garden being planned to be built along the Al Mamzar Creek. Set to be developed over a four year period, starting next year, 2021 until 2023, the Dhs2 billion project will add eight million square meters of exotic flora and green spaces to the emirate.
The next project is set to reimagine the stunning beach settings across the city, with a new development of public beaches in Dubai. The Dhs500 million development aims to develop an additional one million square meters of beachfront bliss stretching from Al Mamzar beach all the way to Umm Suqeim 2 and will be implemented in three phases. Many of Dubai’s beaches are nothing short of breathtaking, with uninterrupted views across the Arabian Gulf, but this redefining project is sure to revitalize and improve the current beachfront with the promise of increased swimming and water activity areas as well as additional jogging and cycling tracks.
Sheikh Mohammed also reviewed the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary development, an initiative focused on protecting and enhancing the ecosystems and biodiversity across the emirate. The project is valued at Dhs100 million and is expected to increase the size of the expansive wetlands currently present across the nature reserve, as well as expanding the present foliage by planting mangrove trees over a 100-hectare area. The sanctuary, which is currently open to the public, will also see an increase of service and entertainment facilities as part of the development project.
Finally, and perhaps the most extensive project, is the Dubai Center for Waste Processing expected to be built in Warsan. Designed to be one of the world’s largest waste processing plants, the Dhs4 billion project will see some of the most efficient processing and energy generations across the city. Whilst the first phase of the substantial development is planned to be completed in 2023, the entire project is expected to be complete by 2024.
The proposed new sustainable projects will follow in the footsteps of Dubai’s previously successful sustainable efforts, including Sustainable City development which is the first net-zero energy development in the city.