An Assessment of Dubai's Latest Initiative to Build a Green Economy in the UAE


As a rapidly developing country, the UAE experienced extraordinary economic growth and with that came the increased demand for energy and resources. The UAE has been ranked with one of the highest per capita Ecological Footprints in the world.

As a part of the UAE, Dubai’s biggest challenge is water, which may be everywhere in the gulf but is undrinkable without desalination plants. These produce emissions of carbon dioxide that have helped give Dubai one of the world’s largest carbon footprints. Enormous amounts of heated sludge is generated which is pumped back into the sea.

The attitude was, business comes first. Now Dubai is seeing increased problems and the latest initiative of the government is “A Green Economy for Sustainable Development.” This paper is a formative assessment of the national initiative to build a green economy in the UAE by citing the initial strengths and weaknesses of the initiative vis-à-vis the green growth and sustainable development green indicators of the OECD. This paper only limits itself to this government initiative. Initiatives of private entities and NGOs were not covered in this report.

I. Introduction
II. A Green Economy for Sustainable Development in Dubai
III. Green Growth and Sustainable Development Green Indicators
IV. Matching the UAE’s Green Initiatives with the Indicators
V. Conclusion

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