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Dubai Receives Platinum Rating In LEED For Cities
(18 April 2019)


H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, said that Dubai's rapid growth in various vital sectors has been guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed’s directives to incorporate sustainable development strategies in plans for the future have led to great progress in the clean energy sector, he said. Sheikh Hamdan expressed happiness that Dubai has received the Platinum Rating in the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Cities certification awarded by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). This makes Dubai the first city in the Arab world and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to receive this prestigious certification.

Sheikh Hamdan further said that Dubai aims to consolidate its position as a global hub for sustainable development. The city is undertaking a range of sustainable projects including the world's biggest concentrated solar power project and the world’s tallest solar tower, he added.

The announcement was made by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), in the presence of Abdulla Al Basti, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai; Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of Dubai Health Authority (DHA); Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police; Dawood Al Hajiri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, Ahmed Buti Al Mehairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the US Green Building Council, and Brigadier Abdulla Hussain Ali Khan, Director General of the Department of Services and Supplies at Dubai Police.

Al Tayer said that this new achievement comes in line with the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership, and contributes to achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to build a green economy in the UAE under the theme ‘A Green Economy for Sustainable Development’; and the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to make Dubai a global centre for clean energy and green economy; and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.

"The Platinum Rating is the highest rating for a city's sustainability performance benchmark. Qualifying cities are measured, within a comprehensive framework, according to 14 metrics relating to the energy and water sector, waste treatment, transportation, human experience, education, prosperity, equality, health, and safety. This award is a tribute to the efforts and vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the diligent and cohesive efforts of governmental entities and authorities in the Emirate.

"On this occasion, I would like to thank the USGBC, our strategic partners: the Executive Council of Dubai, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Statistics Center, and all concerned stakeholders for their cooperation with us and their relentless efforts in establishing global leadership models that consolidate sustainability as an institutional and community culture. Dubai has received numerous awards and honours for sustainability practices, and the Emirate is based on a strong infrastructure and services aimed at improving the quality of life for all citizens, residents, and visitors. This is in line with Dubai’s keenness to maintain the security and safety of the community, which ultimately benefits our beloved country," said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer stressed that in line with the directives of our wise leadership, Dubai is proceeding in accordance with a clear vision and objectives aimed at consolidating the concept of sustainability to reach the highest levels of global competitiveness in the field of energy, water, and air quality through pilot projects in renewable and clean energy, and by relying on the latest developed and innovative technologies and solutions. Dubai has also developed and managed integrated and sustainable systems in the areas of health and transportation on a global level, currently adopting the latest technologies and innovations in this field. Dubai adopts the best policing applications through leading initiatives and projects based on scientific strategies and plans that anticipate future challenges in security work; thus, achieving the objectives of the National Agenda for UAE Vision 2021 that strengthens the UAE’s position as an oasis of safety and security.

"Dubai's performance for 2017 was evaluated and documented, taking into account the Emirate’s different sectors, which account for more than 90% of its total population. I hope that this rating will be an incentive to promote sustainable development in Dubai, our beloved country, and the region as a whole. I expect that this new achievement will contribute to strengthening our close and fruitful cooperation with the USGBC to instil and consolidate the concepts of sustainability, and exchange experiences and best practices adopted by international institutions and companies in this field, with the aim of making it a daily work practice that contributes to the advancement of economic, social, and environmental development locally and globally," concluded Al Tayer.

"This recognition by the USGBC reaffirms the tireless efforts to implement the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai. It will position Dubai as a key driver of the global sustainability agenda," said Abdulla Al Basti, Secretary General of Executive Council of Dubai.

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