With one of the largest expat populations and one of the fastest growing populations in the world, the Dubai economy is growing but the construction business is thriving to come with the demand for homes, business space, and infrastructure.
Dubai recently announced that one of its objectives, to be met as the city continues to grow, is to become one of the most sustainable cities in the world. With plenty of space for expansion and the ability to invest in great new technologies that support those sustainable goals, Dubai’s construction industry is in a great place to support the city in achieving this status.
Sustainable living is a growing trend around the world and across cultures and economies. Dubai, a growing city and also one of the world’s biggest and fastest growing business centres, is a role model to other cities and countries, who can together help to make this planet much more green. The construction industry, who provide infrastructure to these countries, has one of the biggest responsibilities for adapting their ways of working and committing to providing the solutions and work required in order for Dubai to achieve its goal, and for other countries to follow suit.
To promote sustainable living, prevent unnecessary pollution, and to punish those businesses and individuals who are liable for damage to Dubai’s environment, a law was passed that marks any damage to the environment as illegal, punishable by fines or jail. For constructors in Dubai, this makes them wholly responsible for minimising environmental risk and accountable for paying any clean-up costs required during and after their projects. It is also for any new buildings to be completely green. This has changed the construction industry, and the skills and knowledge required to build here in Dubai, but it has made the industry and the city much more sustainable. With the Green Building Specifications in place, builders are providing more innovative and environmentally friendly solutions such as increasing the number of plants, encouraging walking and cycling as opposed to cars with better cycle storage and walkways, and using more recycled materials.
As part of its action plan to become one of the world’s most sustainable cities, Dubai is also committed to working with its builders to use more energy from renewable sources, most likely solar power. Commercial buildings and private homes are becoming more likely and open to the installation of solar panels, not only to reduce bills and overheads, but to support the city of Dubai in its quest to use more renewable energy.
As well as environmental stability, the construction industry should commit to supporting the economic and financial sustainability of Dubai. By obeying regulations, paying fair salaries and charging fair prices, the construction industry can not only support Dubai’s physical and economic growth, but can provide strength and tenacity against negative internal and external factors. Good economic sustainability means that the city of Dubai can continue to grow steadily and maintain a good standard of living long into the future.