From Desert to City to Sustainability

National Geographic explores solar, water and more in Dubai


Dubai is one of the world’s fastest growing cities in an improbable environment. It’s known for having some of the most progressive green building trends in the world, ranking as the eighth best for green building performance globally by corporate strategy firm Solidiance. In addition to being one of the best for green building in the world, Dubai is also considered the most sustainable city in the Middle East.

Dubai is also famous for the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, served by Otis elevators and cooled with Carrier chillers.

Energy and water are crucial for any city to be livable, but they’re even more important in arid climates. Unlike many neighboring countries, Dubai lacks significant oil reserves, so renewable energy is a priority for continued growth. And, without the city’s water desalinization process, Dubai would run out of clean water in four days. Dubai has pledged to reduce its energy and water demand by a third by 2030.

Want to learn more? Check out National Geographic’s newest story on the Urban Expeditions hub to get the scoop.

Urban Expeditions is a multiyear project spotlighting the rise of cities and innovative, sustainable solutions for managing urban growth. The initiative was made possible by a grant from   United Technologies Corporation   to the National Geographic Society.

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