Global Warming And The United Arab Emirates

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The United Arab Emirates, alongside the rest of the Gulf has reached its limit of ‘natural sustainability’. Designing for a sustainable future is no longer a choice but a necessity. The Gulf waters pose an ecological concern due to extensive offshore drilling, as well as the massive oil tanker and merchant shipping traffic, which constitute the life of the region. As development propels population growth along its shore and recreational tourism increases, the ecological well-being of the inter-tidal zones and their sea life need to be safeguarded. Global warming and the predicted rise in water levels will also impact coastal developments. There is therefore an urgent need for an integrated land/sea strategy of sustainable growth along regional/global dimensions. (Al-Manakh Book)
Since the discovery of oil in the 1960s, the UAE and notably Dubai has experienced dramatic development, which skyrocketed in the 1990s and still continues to this day. This economic and population boom has naturally had negative consequences on resource security and environmental sustainability and the problem is currently too evident to ignore. (Luomi 2014) The region also witnesses a highly consumer-orientated culture where much of the lifestyle comes at the expense of the environment. Dubai is said to have one of the highest per capita levels of resource consumption and ecological footprints in the world (Visser & Tolhurst 2010). “The city of Dubai has one of the highest carbon

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