Dubai, United Arab Emirates: United Arab Emirates, and Dubai in particular is known for its architecture, technological advancements and world-class attractions that make it a haven for its tourists and residents, alike. UAE’s smart city initiatives and developments are in tandem with measures that promote sustainability. Dubai’s landscape designed environments seen across the length and breadth of the city add a great deal to its character, complementing the skyline of towering skyscrapers.
In a bid to make UAE smart and sustainable, the city municipalities are at the forefront of implementing urban greening projects and have taken strategic measures to achieve this goal. Last month, Abu Dhabi City Municipality completed a major Dh5 million landscaping project along the roads in between Sheikh Zayed Bridge and Maqta Bridge, while, a few weeks back, Dubai Municipality introduced the world’s first Smart Park, deploying a range of innovative services that prove to be a great benefit to the public.
UAE’s sustainable infrastructure development strategy in protecting its natural resources, and transforming UAE into a verdant country ensures the improvement of urban aesthetics. In line with this vision, Abu Dhabi and Dubai aim to become walkable cities in the coming years, while the capital aims to complete the project by 2030, Dubai plans to be a walkable city by 2020.
Earlier this year, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Marmoon Reserve – the largest natural desert reserve in this region, spanning 40 hectares of shrub land and fertile area.
To combat the environmental challenges many residents face in urban areas and maintain a blue-green urban infrastructure balance, there is a need to develop vegetated surfaces and increase the green quotient in cities. Apart from tackling environmental issues such as air pollution, reducing carbon emission and rain water management, enhancing a city’s green quotient plays a crucial role in a resident’s social life and overall wellbeing.
At the seventh edition of the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit, organized by Expotrade Global, over 450 senior landscaping professionals from across the region will come together to discuss the developments and trends in this industry. In line with Dubai’s vision to transform the emirate into a smart and sustainable city, the two-agenda covers topics on embracing latest landscape trends into existing communities, emerging trends in landscape design, developing a green city in an arid region and the importance of increasing the green quotient in the city.
More information on the 7th Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit, being held on 18-19 March 2019 at Roda Al Bustan hotel, Dubai is now available at http://www.landscapesummit.com . Follow the Summit on social media with the hashtag #MELAND.