Going green has never been more attractive than now for Dubai as the host of the World Expo 2020 with all roads leading work towards sustainability, clean energy and water conservation for future growth. Thinking globally and acting locally, Dubai World Expo 2020 is aiming to set new benchmarks for sustainability in events through a range of innovative initiatives, based around the themes of ‘Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility’.
The master plan for the 438 hectare site of the event, led by HOK, has been developed with sustainability in mind, with everything from the buildings, transport systems and landscaping working together to achieve the world’s first carbon-neutral mega event. A crocodile park, safari park covering 119 hectares, models of world monuments, traditional fish market, 3 storey Dubai Wetland Centre and butterfly garden are all part of a Dh4 billion programme of work as the city prepares for the event which expects to attract over 25 million visitors.
However, Dubai’s drive towards green isn’t restricted to the World Expo 2020 with the UAE’s visionary leader’s incorporating sustainability into the national strategy. The carbon reduction initiatives include renewable energy generation, smart water systems, green buildings and sustainable landscaping, with government spending and private investments of over Dh36 billion in the coming few years, according to Waleed Salman, Chairman of Dubai Green Economy Partnership.
Smart landscaping plays an important role in stimulating the green lifestyle, with Dubai Municipality announcing Dh17 million worth of new parks in Satwa, Lusaili, Mankhool, Muhaisna 3 and Al Warqa 4. Satwa Park will be rebuilt to become the first one in the emirate that works without using electrical power or cables from the electricity line. The city also initiated the use of solar energy to irrigate landscaped roundabouts using a solar pumping system aimed at reducing carbon emissions and cost. Moreover, work on the Dh2 billion Dubai Canal project has also picked up speed with ground mapping and geo scanning work starting last month.
Private players are also boasting about energy and water efficient developments. The Dh22 billion Dubai Pearl project claims to provide recycling facilities for paper, glass and food waste as a part of effective waste management, smart lighting and water conservation features to minimize local impact on the environment. Diamond Developers are all set to issue a Dh300 million contract to kick start construction for Sustainable City in DUBAILAND that aims to create a green and safe environment by contributing to building the green economy, preservation of the environment and providing convenience for residents. Dubai Sustainable City will feature a green belt with 20,000 trees and a 5,000 sq. ft.-long water canal. At least 20 percent of the construction area will be built with eco-friendly materials while landscaping will cover around 60 percent of the project, Zawya reported.
With sustainability being a cornerstone of key national projects and government policy, Dubai will play host to the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014, taking place on 6th and 7th of May 2014. Presenting at the Summit, Gold Sponsor Al Yousuf Agricultural & Landscaping will be seen sharing their business solutions facilitating stunning yet ecofriendly landscaping. The event will also showcase the latest technology and trends from the lounge exhibitors like Nakheel Landscapes, Zeoplant, Ithara Group and many more. The Summit will discuss the upcoming landscape projects shaping up in the region and provide a platform to network and create lucrative business opportunities.
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