Abu Dhabi summit tackles urbanisation of deserts

Hundreds of academics, government officials and civic planners convened in Abu Dhabi as they help kick start various projects that address challenges of urbanization in desert climates such as that of the UAE. The Ecocity World Summit Abu Dhabi, which concluded yesterday at Adnec, presented the blueprint for Abu Dhabi's sustainable urban development as one of the key insights on building cities that are sustainable, healthy and attractive places to live in a challenging arid environment.

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) showcased its Estidama sustainable development framework to an international audience and leading high ranking talks on ecological urban growth.

The UAE is the first Middle East country to host the foremost international summit on ecological city design, which was organised under the theme Ecocities in Challenging Environments.

According to UPC, Abu Dhab won the bid to host the summit in light of its efforts to promote environmental sustainability through various environmental programmes, such as its marine and mangrove protection initiatives, in addition to promoting higher energy efficiency, and spearheading numerous natural resource conservation schemes.

''The UPC is proud to be involved in the Ecocity World Summit, which is instrumen- tal in bringing together government officials and industry experts to discuss issues that affect our cities, the challenges our communities face, and how we can change and develop them for the better,'' said Falah Al Ahbabi, Director General of UPC. ''Ecocity encourages city representatives and specialists from around the world to share information on the very latest in international sustainability planning methodologies and processes to enhance our efforts in planning for our future generations.

''This summit presents an opportunity for us to put Abu Dhabi on the world stage as a benchmark for sustainability in the Middle East and North Africa.''

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Source: Property Weekly


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