The Climate Reality Project -- Dubai
What can change in a day? Everything. On September 14, the world will focus its attention on the truth about the climate crisis. For 24 hours, we will all live in reality. Pick a faraway place or a city near you. Make it yours for one day. We’re hitting every time zone — but only once. 7 p.m. in your time zone. Choose a location and get involved.
From an indoor ski resort to artificial islands, Dubai is a city of engineering marvels and architectural splendor. But these impressive achievements go hand in hand with the intensive use of energy and water. In a warming climate, building a sustainable city is one of Dubai’s big challenges.
Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates — a rapidly developing and diversifying country on the Arabian Peninsula. This desert city is no stranger to intense heat. But as the planet warms, Dubai and neighboring cities like Abu Dhabi will get hotter and more arid. This may make it challenging even for many desert plants to grow.
Dubai is located on the coastal zone that is home to 85% of the country’s population and 90% of its infrastructure. As climate change raises sea levels globally, this infrastructure could be damaged and rising tides could force people to leave their homes. In addition, warmer seas could hurt some of the country’s most important fisheries.