Dubai will be one of most sustainable cities by 2020 - Lootah

Dubai Municipality chief says special committee set up to study, execute green projects in time for World Expo
An artists impression of the Expo 2020 site in Dubai.
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 09 Dec 2013 03:00 PM

Dubai will be one of the world's most sustainable cities by 2020, when the city hosts the World Expo event, according to Dubai Municipality chief Hussain Nasser Lootah.

The director general said that civic body is working hard to implement environmentally friendly building regulations to become one of the top 10 green cities in the world.

He said a spcial committee for sustainability has been established to study and execute green initiatives.

In comments published by news agency WAM on Monday regarding the municipality's preparations for Expo 2020, Lootah said: "We are obliged to fulfill our word in front of the world that we will create an amazing future connecting the minds of all nationalities, as we realise that the eyes of the entire world are looking to Dubai to know what we are going to do in years to come."

He added: "We won this opportunity as result of long sighted vision and plans of our leadership which are crystal clear from the current structure and ongoing projects in the emirate of Dubai. The civic body has already started its efforts towards creating a most sustainable city in the world."

Abdullah Rafia, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality and chairman of Sustainability Committee added: "The committee's responsibilities include to develop mechanisms to evaluate green buildings and the extent of achieved sustainability and follow-up of procedures for the implementation of such mechanisms with concerned authorities in the Emirate of Dubai, in addition to propose, coordinate and review studies and research on the sustainability and development of programs and plans for the adoption, dissemination and application of the recommendations in coordination with the relevant authorities."

Separately, the developer behind plans to build Dubai Sustainable City are reportedly set to issue tenders in February for some key components of the project.

Diamond Developers will issue a AED300m ($82m) contract early next year for construction of a school, an university and a planetarium within its AED1.1bn Sustainable City project in Dubailand, Dubai, Zawya reported.

"We will be issuing an AED300 million tender for construction of a school, an university and a planetarium by February next year," Faris Saeed, chairman of Diamond Developers, was quoted as saying.

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