Dubai has announced a new environment authority to double the number of green spaces and become a top-10 ranked city in leading sustainability indices by 2033. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, issued directives to establish the Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority to promote sustainable practices across sectors further, preserve biodiversity, and expand natural reserves and green spaces in the emirate. The initiative aims to create a solid foundation for the green economy to flourish and enhance Dubai’s role in the global movement to combat climate change.

Sheikh Mohammed also issued directives to appoint Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani as the Director-General of the newly launched entity. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council emphasised Dubai’s commitment to becoming one of the world’s most environmentally resilient cities and setting an example for sustainable urban development. The newly established authority is aligned with the UAE’s objective to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

By profoundly integrating economic, social, and environmental sustainability principles into its growth strategies, Dubai seeks to be at the global forefront of sustainable urban development. Sheikh Hamdan underscored the city’s dedication to harmonising rapid economic growth with environmental sustainability and resilience to future challenges.

With this approach, Dubai aspires to set a benchmark for cities worldwide, demonstrating how sustainable practices can drive prosperity, enhance the quality of life, and contribute to the global effort against climate change. Moreover, Sheikh Hamdan said the newly launched authority will enhance Dubai’s future preparedness by ensuring the highest sustainable development and biodiversity preservation standards.

The new entity will implement strategic programmes to bolster the sustainability of natural resources in Dubai, optimise the use of local resources, conserve the emirate’s biodiversity, accelerate the development of the green economy, and reduce the carbon footprint.

The authority will also assist decision-makers in creating development policies, planning processes, and strategic performance metrics to ensure biodiversity protection, climate change mitigation, and enhanced food security.

The Environment and Climate Change Authority seeks to further the emirate’s environmental goals by expanding its green cover by 100 per cent and increasing the area of protected areas and natural reserves by 60 per cent by 2040. Furthermore, it will prioritise the conservation of water resources and the adoption of sustainable waste management policies.

Addressing climate change and ensuring food security will be among the authority’s priorities. The authority will introduce resilient plans for the emirate’s infrastructure and services that integrate the principles of eco-friendliness and sustainability. These initiatives aim to safeguard the community against the adverse effects of accidents, disasters, and natural calamities.

The authority’s focus areas extend to initiatives and policies geared towards achieving strategic environmental objectives, including a 100 per cent shift to clean energy by 2050 and a 90 per cent enhancement in air quality according to WHO guidelines by 2033.

Aligned with the objectives of the Economic Agenda D33, the establishment of the Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority seeks to raise the contribution of the circular and green economy to the emirate’s GDP. The authority will further promote green finance initiatives and incentivise the financial sector and banks to prioritise and support green projects in collaboration with key financial and economic organisations.