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Dubai's ambitions have never been larger. Currently, there are plans to construct a rainforest in the desert, the largest shopping mall in the world, and the tallest twin towers ever built. After taking a bit of a downturn following the 2008 global financial crisis, the construction industry appears to be making a strong comeback in Dubai. Foreign investment is pouring back in and consumers are spending more money.
At the same time, there's growing concern over the environmental impact that comes with such major construction projects. The emirate already has a considerable carbon footprint. According to BBC News, per day, the average Dubai resident uses twice as much water as the global average and produces 5 lb (2.5 kg) of waste.
Dubai officials do have plans in place to adopt more sustainable energy production. By 2030, they hope to produce 15 percent of Dubai's energy from renewable sources and cut down consumer consumption by 30 percent. The emirate is rapidly developing solar energy projects. All new construction projects, both public and private, must adhere to certain environmental regulations adopted last year.
15 Mind-Blowing Facts About Dubai (Business Insider)
"Dubai has been one of the most exciting and volatile economic stories of the 21st century."
The UAE and Global Oil Supply (UAE Embassy)
"With nearly 10 percent of the total world supply of proven crude oil reserves, the UAE is an important provider to global energy markets. As a mainstay to the economy, oil exports now account for about 30 percent of total UAE gross domestic product."
United Arab Emirates profile - Overview (BBC)
"The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven states formed in 1971 by the then Trucial States after independence from Britain. Since then, it has grown from a quiet backwater to one of the Middle East's most important economic centres."