Dubai has been named the Middle East’s most eco-friendly city in in the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2016.
At 52nd position on the list, Dubai leads the regional pack of cities that meet the requirements of construction consultancy Arcadis’s parameters based on the three pillars of sustainability – social, environmental, and economic.
Dubai has nabbed fourth spot on the list’s Profit Sub-Index, which ranks cities based on the economic aspect of their sustainability performance.
The city scored its lowest rank in the planet sub-index – in 96th place – “largely due to energy consumption, pollution and the lack of available green space”, the report stated.
It added: “Dubai, like the other Middle East cities in the Index, is partially constrained by its desert climate.
“However, the city has set targets to reduce CO2 emissions per GDP and the level of solid waste generated.
“It has also launched an Integrated Energy Strategy action plan, which aims to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030 and diversify the city’s energy portfolio.”
Abu Dhabi is ranked 58th on the list.Other regional cities on the list include Kuwait City, which has been ranked 70th, followed by Doha (72), Muscat (75), and Riyadh (76).
Jeddah also finds its place on the index’s 81st spot.
Zurich was ranked at number one with Singapore placed second. Stockholm was in the next spot followed by Vienna and London.