How can the UAE become more liveable?

16 January 2018

Lab Chat

We all want to live somewhere that’s “liveable”, right? According to the new five-year plan announced by their Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, that’s exactly what the UAE wants. They have stated the UAE’s intention to be one of the world’s most liveable countries in the next few years. But what exactly does this mean? And how will they achieve it? Read on as we explore the latest plans for the Emirates.

What is meant by “liveable”?

Put literally, “liveable” describes somewhere that is fit to live in. In its aim to be amongst the “most liveable” places, the UAE is looking to create an environment that’s both healthy and sustainable, according to Dr Thani Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and the Environment.

“The ministry’s fourth strategic plan revolves around seven key objectives and the primary focus of these objectives is to create a healthy and sustainable society that is among the most liveable in the world,” he explained. “Sustainable growth can be achieved by optimally leveraging innovative technology, which will automatically lead to a reduction in irrational exploitation of natural resources,” he added.

In particular, the plan will focus on ways to promote environmental health and mitigate climate change effects, move to a greener economy and become more sustainable. A big part of this is moving away from fossil fuels and towards renewable sources of energy. They will also look to develop laws that enable sustainable growth and source food supplies that are both diverse and secure.

Comparing liveability

So, how liveable is the UAE at present? Back in 2017, it was revealed that Dubai was ranked as the most liveable Arab city. However, on a global scale it ranked a mediocre 74th. This is according to the annual Global Liveability Report, which considers 30 factors across stability, infrastructure, healthcare, culture and environment, and education.

Abu Dhabi’s ranking was similarly underwhelming, despite being the third Arab country. In contrast, Canada and Australia had three cities each in the top ten:

• Melbourne – 1st
• Vancouver – 3rd
• Toronto – 4th
• Calgary & Adelaide – 5th
• Perth – 7th

There is some good news though. Dubai was ranked second in the biggest improvers of the past five years. The study found that the Emirate city has improved by 4.6% over the last half a decade. Clearly progress has already begun towards creating a more liveable environment – at least in urban areas.

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