Dubai first city in Arab world to get ‘platinum’ rating

By Rajive Singh

DUBAI 18 April 2019: 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) to receive this prestigious certification.

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.

“It is clear that through the UAE’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UAE Vision 2021, the Green Agenda 2030 and promotion of green construction and sustainable design initiative, the country is going above and beyond its responsibilities to tackle climate risk and focus on environmentally-friendly economic development. As one of the fastest growing metropolises in the world, Dubai itself has become a model for how a city can transform itself into one of the most sustainable and livable cities in the world,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the US Green Building Council.

Dubai is proceeding 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, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

Dubai Gazette