Dubai Municipality (DM) has conducted a study into the urban heat island effect in the emirate of Dubai. The main objective of this study was identification of locations across Dubai where ambient temperatures are elevated as a result of uneven warming of ground surfaces. The approach was based on a number of aerial surveys using the latest aircraft and drone based thermal scanning techniques across the urban and rural areas, and during winter and summer months to build a thermal map of Dubai with reference to the underlying land use, topography, building typology, surface cover and population density. These aerial surveys were supplemented with more detailed examination of thermal conditions at specific locations supporting the recommendations of the study. The study resulted in heat maps and aerial photographs identifying the locations affected by the heat island. The study also presented a set of solutions and recommendations to mitigate the repercussions of the heat islands in the Emirate of Dubai, in order to achieve the happiness of its residents and visitors.
Over the past decades, the Emirate of Dubai has witnessed a rapid urban growth, and significant expansion of infrastructure and development projects. This remarkable economic leap has viewed Dubai internationally as a role model for developing cities in the world. This rapid growth in turn has resulted in number of environmental challenges particularly in the air environment. This includes emissions of toxic air pollutants resulting from various operational processes and manufacturing sectors of the emirate. As a result, Dubai Municipality has carried out a specialized study to analyze toxic air pollutants and study their prevalence in the Emirate of Dubai. Utilising the advanced digital modelling programs, Dubai Municipality has identified the emission sources and proposed mitigation measures, with the aim to support the development of future plans and stimulate the overall reduction of air toxic emissions.
Dubai Municipality has developed the "Guidance on the Environmental Clearance (EC) Requirements for Development, Infrastructure, and Industrial Projects in the Emirate of Dubai" to provide project owners and environmental consultants with a comprehensive guidance regarding the procedures and requirements to obtain an EC for development, infrastructure and industrial projects in the Emirate of Dubai. The guidance outlines the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process tailored for Dubai's dynamic environmental and development settings. It also provides project categorization, as per Federal Law No. 24 of 1999, and based on this it provides a mandatory list of projects required to be subjected to an EIA. The guidance further defines the roles and responsibilities of the concerned EIA stakeholders and outlines the registration guidelines for the registrations of Environmental Consultants in Dubai, including details on the minimum qualification requirements and evaluation criteria. The Guidance on the Environmental Clearance (EC) ensures that a well-informed decision-making process is in place and that the project implementation is consistent with the Strategic Visions.