Biotopia in Dubai, UAE

Biotopia in Dubai, UAE

An intensive week in Dubai has passed filled with interesting meetings and eye opening experiences. As usual when travelling to a new place what I remember and cherish are the amazing people I had the privilege to meet.

By: Matilda Nilsson

The week started with attending a workshop for Swedish institute called She Entrepreneurs. A collaboration between Sweden and the MENA-countries to enhance female entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa region. A great project with absolutely amazing participants. These ladies are truly inspiring – very courageous and goal oriented in their projects. Best of luck to you all and looking forward to meet some of you again next year in Amman.

Dealing with energy efficiency, experiencing Dubai definitely gave mixed feelings. This luxurious city in the middle of desert consisting of huge glass buildings with constant air conditioning, big roads with lots of traffic, almost no pedestrian streets or bike lanes. An outdoor climate with temperatures exceeding 40°C during summer, still there are lawns and sprinklers running during daytime when most of the water is evaporated. Although water is scarce and yearly rainfall is very limited. It makes you wonder, for how long can we keep this up?

That is why stumbling upon companies and projects working for energy efficiency in the region truly give inspiration for continued work. Meeting Marwan Chaar for FuGu Energy and The Hub of Dubai gave new ideas of possible projects in the Persian Gulf. Something we will definitely continue to work on for 2012.

Finally, seeing Masdar City was an experience to be remembered. Masdar is a project close to Abu Dhabi airport with a vision to become one of the most sustainable cities in the world. It was a pleasure to witness its remarkable architecture and planning, and to meet with Landscape Manager Lars Pertwee who kindly showed me around and took a good part of his day to discuss sustainable landscaping and grey water management. Masdar City is scheduled to be completed in 2025 and will surely be a very interesting project to follow.

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BIOTOPIA
Östra Kristinelundsvägen 27D
217 48 Malmö, Sweden
E-mail: biotopia@gmail.com
Phone: +46 (0)708 456 020
Skype: biotopia.landscaping

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