City of gold goes green

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Tall buildings in Dubai.Credit@johnwards.flickr.com

The World Travel Awards took place on the 12th December this year in Morocco. It is here which Dubai was announced as the World’s leading destination for the third time in a row. Dubai has accrued many awards over the years from this event, including Middle East’s Leading Location, World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination and Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Destination, potentially solidifying its position as a competitive tourist destination.

There are many sporting events taking place in Dubai at the moment, including the Tennis Super Series Finals and the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. According to the official Dubai Events Listing website, Dubai aims to host the Omega Dubai desert golf tournament, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the Dubai Horse Racing World Cup in 2016. Besides sports, Dubai aims to attract a variety of live entertainment and arts events for 2016, which may be of interest to those looking to visit Dubai next year.

Located in the hot, desert climate of the Middle East, Dubai sits on the southern coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai is a city which seems to have grown in a short space of time with some of the most unique tourist attractions. This includes the world’s largest indoor ski resort, the world’s tallest skyscraper (the Burj Khalifa) and the palm-shaped artificial islands located on the coast. The city may be constantly transforming in order to compete on a global scale with other cities as the best destination to visit. Aside from the warm climate and wealth of entertainment to enjoy, other sightseeing activities which may draw in tourists to Dubai are the wide selection of luxury shopping centres and the opportunity to go snorkeling in one of the largest aquariums in the world.

Market stall selling shoes.Credit@olivierdejong.flickr.com

Market stall selling shoes.Credit@olivierdejong.flickr.com

Furthermore, Dubai is home to many large water parks, which may be of interest to travellers with children or adrenaline seekers. The Aquaventure Waterpark has dolphin swimming areas, aquariums as well as the longest zipline in the Middle East. For tourists wanting to escape the city and experience nature, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve may be the perfect solution. Here, visitors may book camel treks across the desert, go horse riding, sand boarding and wildlife drives amongst many other activities. Some other tourists maybe prefer to spend their time walking around the city, absorbing the atmosphere and trying Middle Eastern food in one of the many restaurants available.

According to the Department of Dubai, part of Dubai’s vision over the next few years is to become ‘a smart and sustainable city’. The desert city aims to host several events linked to addressing the issue of sustainability, such as Expo 2020 Dubai. This event aims to engage the global community and drive advancements in the area of sustainability. More recently, Dubai hosted the World Green Economy Summit, which involved lectures and conferences with famous speakers such as Richard Branson. This week Dubai aims to host the Dubai Sustainable Cities Summit, which aims to debate sustainability strategies to solve environmental challenges. In light of the Paris COP21 summit the previous week, Dubai has launched a Green Economy Report which demonstrates the commitment of the United Arab Emirates and Dubai to develop and implement green practices across all sectors. This suggests the United Arab Emirates are pro-active in their approach to preserve the environment for the future.

View of artificial islands in Dubai.Credit@miroslavpetrasko.flickr.com

View of artificial islands in Dubai.Credit@miroslavpetrasko.flickr.com

Dubai seems to continue to grow as a popular tourist destination with all types of tourists covered for things to see and do. However, what may be important for the future success of the city may be their focus on sustainability and pro-activeness in preserving the environment.

What steps are other major cities taking in order to become more sustainable?

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