Development is booming in Dubai -- so much so that its pace is causing concerns about carbon emissions. In response, numerous green efforts have been launched to bring sustainability into the planning and design process.
"With the World Wildlife Fund placing Dubai second in the world for highest per capita carbon emissions it's not difficult to see the reasons for the rise in corporate responsibility and why priority is being given to green design and sustainability as much as design."
"International design practices and initiatives are leading the way in the green field, and not just in the US - considered by many as the leader in sustainable design - but also across this region. Last year The Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) was established. The non-profit organisation focuses on advancing green building principles to protect the environment and ensure sustainability across the UAE. In a further move which demonstrates its commitment to the environment the UAE also signed up to the Kyoto Protocol last year."