Evolution of the Emiratesby Simon Hopes Author
Now, what does Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras-al-Khaimah have in common? Well, collectively we would know them as the United Arab Emirates, established in 1971 jointly governed by the Federal Supreme Council; the Emirates have come full circle and have finally geared themselves to move on NOT with the rest of the world, but rather ahead of the rest of the world.
They are able to do so because after all they do have the 7th largest oil reserves and the 17th largest gas reserves on the planet! Nevertheless, what is currently transpiring within the confines of the Emirates will see these states moving away from an oil dependent economy base towards a more diversified economy where the boundaries are being left open. With so many ‘firsts’ being racked up, it looks like the Emirates is bound to go above and beyond most other major global cities. The city is expanding daily and the skyline has been filled with neon tower crane signage in Dubai for over a decade now, however while construction is still ongoing, the economy behind it is changing everyday.
For instance The UAE's have their first solar powered petrol kiosk developed by ENOC which was initiated in Dubai located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, the kiosk is plastered with solar panels and generates an approximate 120 kilowatt hours of energy which is 30% more energy than the station would be needing and thus excess energy is rerouted to the national grid. This single station will be responsible for the reduction in CO2 emissions by 195 million metric tonnes annually.
The first 3D printing factory was also launched in June thanks to by Immensa Technology Labs featuring eight 3D printing systems that are able to work on 30 different types of materials and capable of building and manufacturing production-quality components apart from one-off prototypes for numerous industries. Another ‘first’ is the planets first ever smart police services that operate around the clock providing 27 varied services to the general public which include traffic and criminal based issues.
The UAE’s also has a fully operational first ever hydrogen re-fuelling station that was made available to the public in October last year. This is sustainability actually being put into practical dimensions when everywhere else it is still within the confines of ‘think-tanks’. The UAE is getting closer to becoming a low-carbon society than even Bern in Switzerland as they objectively work towards leaving a better world behind for future generations.
From cultural projects ranging from architectural designs to museums and galleries and contemporary projects featuring dozens of intelligent or 'smart' installations of government and private facilities such as the Etihad Museum to police stations, the UAE is being strapped with a raft of technology that are all environment friendly and practical at the same time and these developments have been placed on a rigid timeline and be settled by 2030.
At the rate that all these new and profound developments are being unveiled in the country, it looks like they will be achieving their objectives way much sooner than 2030.
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