Dubai achieves LEED Platinum city status
Dubai becomes first city in the MENA region to achieve new LEED qualification
Dubai has become the first city in the Arab world to achieve the LEED Platinum status.
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Dubai the highest status in its environmental ranking for cities, which was introduced as a pilot in 2017.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council expressed happiness that Dubai has received the LEED Platinum Rating, and said that Dubai's rapid growth in various vital sectors has been guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The LEED v4.1 for Cities program, and its partner LEED for Communities Program, are intended to guide the way that cities and communities are planned, developed and operated to improve the quality of life for residents. The framework includes planning, design, management and measurement for social, economic and environmental conditions at city or community level.
The programs include guidance and specific plans for natural systems, energy, water, waste, transportation and many other factors that contribute to quality of life.
New cities can be plan and design their sustainable strategies across six LEED categories: Natural Systems & Ecology, Transportation & Land Use, Water Efficiency, Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Materials & Resources, and Quality of Life.
Existing cities can be measured on the same factors for their current programs.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), announced the certification.
“This award is a tribute to the efforts and vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the diligent and cohesive efforts of governmental entities and authorities in the Emirate,” said Al Tayer.
“I hope that this rating will be an incentive to promote sustainable development in Dubai, our beloved country, and the region as a whole. I expect that this new achievement will contribute to strengthening our close and fruitful cooperation with the USGBC.”