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  1. By. Michael Levin Dubai And it’s environmental Issues

  2. Dubasics • Dubai- Big city in United Arab Emirates, Middle east • Dubai has billions of dollars from oil production • Dubai also depends on tourism • Dubai has many environmental issues • Recently some organizations starting to fix environmental issues

  3. Dubai’s Strange Economy • Very Wealthy from striking oil in 1966 • Use’s money for many projects • Examples of projects: Hotels, Buildings and Islands • Wealthy tourists visit these projects • everyday less and less tourist are vacationing in Dubai • Projects need factories that produces waste and sludge

  4. Burj Al Arab • Luxurious hotel • Second tallest hotel in the world • Sits on a artificial island on the coast off Jumeriah Beach • Private bridge connects it to land • Artificial sand pollutes sea • Lots of trash and waste gets thrown from off the hotel

  5. Hydropolis • first underwater hotel • $300 million dollar project • Also off the coast of Jumeriah beach • Due date continues to be pushed back • DESTROY’S MARINE LIFE INCLUDING FISH AND SEEPLANTS

  6. Dubissues • Experiencing climate change • Water pollution from sewage and sludge • Air pollution from harmful substances including carbon dioxide • Pollution contributing to climate change • Climate change contributes to global warming • Need many waste producing plants for desalination and electricity

  7. Extreme Water Pollution • Dubai borders Persian gulf • Persian gulf is getting contaminated with sewage • Many tourists can’t swim because of the raw sewage • Marine life is getting destroyed

  8. Any drinking water in Dubai? • Dubai lacks drinkable water • Lots of salt in water • Desalination plant takes salt out of water so it’s drinkable • Plants put salt back- too much salt in swimming water • Sludge from desalination plants also pollutes water • Produces about 3-4 thousand bottles of water a fay but not much backup water

  9. ScAIRy Pollutions • Air pollution is the worst it’s ever been in Dubai • Pollutions in the air include hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide • The main contributors in the air are car emissions • Air pollution is leaving a carbon footprint • Carbon footprint=giving off pollution that effects the whole world (some footprints can be smaller or bigger than others)

  10. Power and Electricity Problems • Dubai has very little electricity • Finds solar energy and energy from wind power inefficient • Dubai can’t continue to use Qatar’s(Middle east country) natural gases for power • Coal costs too much because of transportation • Starting to use nuclear power for electricity • Many other Electricity producers inefficient to environment

  11. Fears of Nuclear Power • Barack Obama fears Iran(Middle East country) will get nuclear power and use it as weapon • Many Dubai citizens disagree with President Obama • Many other Middle East Countries interested in Nuclear Power • Countries: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar… • Nuclear power helps environment because less electricity demand

  12. Dubai Pollution Helpers • 25,000 people part of trash picking program • Trying to pick enough trash to take away from Carbon Footprint • Stockholm Enviroment Institute and Tufts Institute are doing research • Abu Dhabi (UAE capital) and Masdar (UAE city)put together program called Masdar Initiative • Masdar Initiative helps renew energy Trash picking up program’s symbol

  13. Natural Resources and Geo. • Dubai has very little natural resources • Dubai Uses many waste producing plants to replace Natural resources • Dubai has NO NATURAL POWER • Dubai is starting to build projects and towers in a big sandy area • Water is contaminated with salt • Salt levels continue to raise

  14. Essential Questions • What are the two greatest environmental concerns in Dubai, UAE? What are they doing to help the environment • How and why has this changed over time? • How does this affect? • (Answers are on the next slide)

  15. Essential Questions Answers • The greatest environmental concerns in Dubai is the carbon foot print it’s leaving from air pollution and the waste that is polluting the water • Around forty years ago, Dubai did not have much environmental issues, recently Dubai started to build many projects • This pollution is affecting the world because Dubai’s climate change is putting global warming into full affect

  16. Bibliography • Works Cited • Alderman, Liz. "Dubai Faces Environmental Problems after Growth." New York Times. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2010. Web. Mar. 2011. <>. • "Dubai, Where Even Th Carbon Footprint Is Immense." May States of Mind. 4 Jan. 2010. Web. Mar. 2011. <>. • "Energy and Climate Change | UAE Embassy in Washington, DC." Welcome to the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC | UAE Embassy in Washington, DC. Embassy of the United Arab Emirattes in Washington D.C, 7 Jan. 2009. Web. Mar. 2011. <>. • "UAE, Country With World's Largest Carbon Footprint, to Host HQ for International Renewable Energy Agency (Updated) | Fast Company." - Where Ideas and People Meet | Fast Company. Web. 17 Mar. 2011. <>.