Dubai is a buzzing oasis city in the Middle East, it’s famous for its skyscrapers, shopping malls and huge oil reserves, but off late the members of Al Maktoum the Royal families of the United Arab Emirates have made a policy decision to make it a technology hub where cutting edge research and development happens.
We have been reporting how Dubai has been eagerly using 3D Printing technologies to enhance the life of the citizens of Saudi Arabia and as a side effect is becoming the center of research and development of this cutting edge technology.
So when the world was busy pointing fingers at each other and blaming each other for extreme climate changes at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, Dubai was busy showing the world their plan to become most energy-efficient city by 2050.
According to the newly released plan the Government at Dubai has made plans to invest extensively in renewable energy sources and Smart technologies. Their aim is to become a global leader in smart technology within three years which will complement its long term plan to make Dubai Clean Energy city by 2050.
While the task of making whole of Dubai run on renewable energy looks like a daunting one, the government has laid down a time line to do so. According to it Dubai will try and use renewable energy of up to 7 percent of its power by 2020 and 25 percent by 2030, raising the number to 75 percent by 2050. Also by 2030, every building in Dubai is expected to have solar panels installed on its roofs.
Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 as they like to call it is already in action and initiatives like Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park have already started, making it the largest solar park in the world. The park is already under construction and is expected to cover 40 square kilometers and produce 1,000 megawatts of clean energy.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said “Every investment in the development of clean energy sources is at the same time an investment to protect the environment for future generations,” said Sheikh Mohammed. “It is an effort to build our sustainable economic sectors which do not depend on nonrenewable energy resources and are unaffected by volatile energy prices. Through this strategy, which is based on innovation, research and development, we aim to explore the future of the energy sector to unveil initiatives that will make use of the scientific and technological developments in this sector and take the lead in their development and application.”
All these plans could change the face of the oasis city and to make this happen the government of Dubai is relying on the development of 3D printing to work as the catalyst. They have made plans to construct an innovation center which will attract the best minds from all across the globe and help the city achieve it goals.
Our Advice to all the world leaders who attended the COP 21 in Paris this year is to take a leaf from the book. If a county which until now considered an oil rig by the world is becoming a place where development is a byproduct of research and innovative thinking so can other countries be. Stop pointing fingers at each other and lets all work towards making this planet a beautiful place to live.
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