Dubai in Danger
The Issues of the City
Carly Frisone
Period 6
Climate Change and Air Pollution
• Climate change is a rising problem in Dubai
• Keeping the environment healthy is not a priority in Dubai, which results in global
• Dubai itself is a large contribution to climate change
• The greenhouse gas that is being released into the air is greater in Dubai than the
world average
• In Dubai, the fossil fuel use and the carbon dioxide levels are rising due to public
To Start Off…
• Dubai was a role model to other countries, though now
with the economical issues, they are no longer a good
• Dubai is lacking energy sources, due to the high usage of
energy in major businesses
• According to scientists, a nuclear future awaits
• Dubai relies on technology for protection from terrorists
• Ecologists worry; UAE was named the #1 least
environmentally friendly
Seas and Water
• Water is the biggest problem in Dubai
• The salinity levels continue to grow, leaving the citizens with
only seawater to drink. In order for freshwater, citizens need
desalination plants
• Seawater goes through desalination (to rid of salt). The
remaining salt goes back into the sea, which results in more
polluted waters
• Fresh water irrigates the tropics; polluted water, no irrigation
• Sea levels continue rising
Oil in Dubai
• Dubai has/needs cheap oil in order to survive, along with limited oil sources
• Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of Dubai’s most important oil
companies, along with the world.
• Dubai soon wants to switch to nuclear energy instead of oil to be more
environmentally friendly
• United States doesn’t want that to happen, due to the fact that they can use oil to
make nuclear weapons
• Oil is DESTROYING sea life
Natural Resources, Environment
and Solutions
The environment has been a major issue in Dubai
The three major environmental problems are: air and noise
pollution, crowded buildings and low air circulation and
traffic issues
A solution in Dubai is that they are building more roads to
prevent traffic and they are moving buildings to create more
space and less traffic
Solar energy will be used
There will be a new thermal insulation, which will result in
less heat and less fossil fuels
Dubai is finally shifting to better energy, they have been
trying to for 50 years.
Human Use and Waste
• All waste products from the citizens are pumped back into the
• Dubai, as a whole, use four billion water bottles daily (equivalent:
four days of fresh water)
• In Dubai, For every 600 cars, there are 1000 people
• Each average household in Dubai uses 730 kilograms of waste
• Each person in Dubai used twice the amount of resources as a
The Future
Future depends and relies on cheap
energy, oil and the consumption of
(human) energy
Trying to make more environmental
friendly buildings, due to the fact that
they find it difficult to save energy on a
A new project (revolving skyscraper) will
provide renewable energy. The power will
be made from wind turbines located on
each floor. The different angles, along
with the rotation, will result in an energy
surplus; used for other buildings.
Open land will be turned into homes (an
increase in money). This strategy will be
made to try to move away from the oil.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Recycling needs to become a huge habit in Dubai
Dubai has the second highest level of waste in
In order to find a solution, recycling cities are
being developed for glass, aluminum, cans and
Dubai is developing new plans everyday to improve
their environmental issues.
Plans include distributing more environmentally
friendly bag bags and cartons to stores, to sell
• Hydropolis is the first luxury underwater hotel
• 3 different sections. (1. landing station; where one
is first welcomed. 2. connection tunnel: train
transportation. 3. 220 suites where an estimated
3,000 people will stay.
• Other features: parking lot, storage rooms, movie
theater, a ballroom, light shows and a marine study
• Architecture of this lab is a “physical landmark,” and
was originally created for the builder’s (Joachim
Hauser) love of water
• Constructors believe humans take water for granted
(swim in it and waste it) and that without water there
is no life. To them, one day Dubai will be an
underwater city.
• Two quotes said by Hauser are “…The future lies in
the sea,” and “… It’s not a project; it’s a passion,”
Hauser, architect and designer
“The World” Islands
Another artificial island project; mostly inspired by the previous islands, the Palm islands.
These islands have a 14 million debit. The World contains 300 islands, each 5-20 acres and sell
for 7-35 million dollars.
The construction of “The World” kills marine life due to the fact that it gives off too much silt
(covers oyster beds).
Has four different sections; Snorkler’s Cove, a marine life exhibit which helps the “in danger”
marine life by providing protection.
Ecologists believe that providing a new stability for marine life will attract dangerous species.
The World islands are a lose-lose situation. The process of building is killing plant life, spending
billions of dollars, damaging the environment and the fresh water source.
Marine Life
Sewage levels pour into the Persian Gulf, which contains the marine
The high salinity levels put marine life in danger (organisms can not
live in too salty of water)
Construction of The World islands are killing marine life
Covering the oyster beds in sludge, which will result in eroded
Too much silt, due to construction, will put marine life in danger
The source of clear, fresh water is being destroyed; kills seaweed
and kelp
Interesting Facts
If everyone were to live like the
average human in Dubai, there
would be 4.5 planets needed to
provide natural resources
Masdar city, built in Abu Dhabi,
will be the first carbon-neutral
In one word, Dubai would be
described as, “wasteful.”
In order to vacation in Dubai, one
needs to be rich
All of, or most of, the residential
areas in The World islands are
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