UN’s Agenda 2030
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as Global Goals are a set of 17 goals that aim to provide better living conditions to all. The SDGs are based on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The SDGs are part of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UAE is taking several steps to achieve the SDGs at home and abroad.
Dubai 3D Printing Strategy
In April 2016, H. H. Sheikh Mohammed launched the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy. This initiative aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by the year 2030.
There are three key sectors and five pillars of the strategy. The three key sectors are:
- medical products
- consumer products.
The five pillars are:
- legislative structure
- market demand.
Dubai's key goal is to ensure that 25 per cent of buildings in Dubai are based on 3D printing technology by 2030.
Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030
In June 2016, Sheikh Mohammed launched Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 to elevate Dubai into a global platform for knowledge-based, sustainable and innovation-focused businesses.
Dubai Industrial Strategy is based on five key objectives that will serve as the foundation for Dubai's industrial future. The Strategy aims to increase the total output and value-addition of the manufacturing sector, enhance the depth of knowledge and innovation, make Dubai a preferred manufacturing platform for global businesses, promote environmentally friendly and energy-efficient manufacturing and make Dubai a centre for the global Islamic products market.
The strategy has further identified six priority sub-sectors: aerospace, maritime, aluminum and fabricated metals, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, food and beverages and machinery and equipment. These sub-sectors were chosen based on their importance to the Dubai Industrial Strategy and Dubai Plan 2021, as well as their future growth prospects, export potential and mid-term to long-term economic impact.
Dubai Industrial Strategy has identified 75 initiatives to transform Dubai into a global platform for industries based on knowledge, innovation and sustainability. The strategy is projected to help generate an additional AED 160 billion by 2030.
Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy
Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy aims to transform 25 per cent of the total transportation in Dubai to autonomous mode by 2030.
The strategy is expected to bring AED 22 billion in annual economic revenues in several sectors by reducing transportation costs, carbon emissions and accidents, and raising the productivity of individuals as well as saving hundreds of millions of hours wasted in conventional transportation.
The strategy will help cut transportation costs by 44 per cent, resulting in savings of up to AED 900 million a year. It will also help save AED 1.5 billion a year by reducing environmental pollution by 12 per cent, as well as generate AED 18 billion in annual economic returns by increasing the efficiency of the transportation sector in Dubai by 2030.
Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy also aims to reduce traffic accidents and losses by 12 per cent, equivalent to savings of AED 2 billion annually, and increase the productivity of individuals by 13 per cent. It will save 396 million hours on transportation trips yearly. It will also reduce the spaces allocated for parking.
The strategy features four main pillars: individuals, technology, legislative structure and infrastructure. The main sectors identified for the application of the strategy are metro, buses and taxis.
Surface Transport Master Plan (Abu Dhabi)
The core objective of Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) is to deliver a world class, sustainable transport system that supports Abu Dhabi's economic, social and cultural and environmental goals.
The environment goal of STMP is: Delivering world-leading performance in environmental sustainability by using resources responsibly, minimising pollution and preserving Abu Dhabi's unique environment.
STMP is designed to develop a world-leading transport system that meets the needs of residents, visitors, and businesses in the most efficient, safe, attractive, reliable, and environmentally sustainable way.
STMP incorporates a full spectrum of low carbon and sustainability measures, including:
- extensive public transport infrastructure powered by world leading renewable energy technology and alternative fuels
- innovative systems such as Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) that utilise the nation's abundant sunshine for solar power
- a commitment to lower CO2 emissions in all aspects of transport from design, to construction, to operation
- a commitment to encouraging walking, cycling, and respect for the natural environment.
Abu Dhabi Transportation Mobility Management Strategy
By 2030, Abu Dhabi Transportation Mobility Management Strategy (TMM) mainly aims to:
- encourage a change of attitude and behaviour towards greater use of sustainable modes of transport
- improve access to public transport for all people and organisations by strengthening the conditions for sustainable modes of transport
- satisfy mobility needs via a more efficient and integrated use of existing and planned transport and land-use infrastructure
- reduce traffic growth and congestion by achieving a shift from private motorised vehicle trips to a more efficient and sustainable mode of transport
- create an efficient multimodal public transport network that will facilitate the interconnection and inter-operability of associated transport networks.
Plan Abu Dhabi 2030
'Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 - Urban Structure framework Plan' was prepared by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. The plan is designed to help Abu Dhabi Government filter and respond to current and future development needs, establish a planning culture and introduce strong guiding principles for new development.
It provides conceptual solutions to shape the growth of Abu Dhabi over the next quarter of a century. It would address the major urban issues of:
- land use
- open space
- image of the capital city.
Environment Vision 2030 (Abu Dhabi)
Environment Vision 2030 (PDF) for the emirate of Abu Dhabi was developed to ensure integration among the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social vision. It aims to preserve and enhance Abu Dhabi's natural heritage in the efficient use of resources and contributing to a better quality of life for all.
Environment Vision 2030 identifies the following 5 priority areas:
- Climate change - minimising the impact of climate change
- Clean air and noise pollution - contributing to safe and healthy living conditions
- Water resources - efficient management and conservation of water resources
- Biodiversity, habitats and cultural heritage - conserved for current and future generations
- Waste management - enhanced value creation through optimised material flows and waste management.
The priority areas are further divided into sub-priorities, which in turn are further divided into environmental outcomes. Each outcome has three values assigned to it:
- Current value - this refers to values of the state of environment in 2010
- Threshold value - this refers to a realistic target to be achieved by 2030
- Sustainability value - this refers to the ultimate desirable target for the state of environment in order to be sustainable.
Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030
The Government of Abu Dhabi announced a long-term plan for the transformation of the emirate's economy. The plan includes a reduced reliance on the oil sector as a source of economic activity over time and a greater focus on knowledge-based industries in the future. Entitled 'Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030', it identifies the following as the Government's immediate economic priorities:
- Building an open, efficient, effective and globally integrated business environment
- Adopting a disciplined fiscal policy that is responsive to economic cycles
- Establishing a resilient monetary and financial market environment with manageable levels of inflation
- Driving significant improvement in the efficiency of the labour market
- Developing a sufficient and resilient infrastructure capable of supporting anticipated economic growth
- Developing a highly skilled, highly productive work force
- Enabling financial markets to become the key financiers of economic sectors and projects.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the IPP model. It will generate 1,000 Mega Watts (MW) by 2020 and 5,000 MW by 2030. The first phase of this project began operations in 2013 with a capacity of 13 MW. The second phase began operations in April 2017 with a capacity of 200 MW. The third phase will begin operations in 2020 with a capacity of 1,000 MW, while the fourth phase of the project will begin operations by the last quarter of 2020 with a capacity of 5,000 MW. The project will have the world’s tallest solar tower, measuring 260 metres. This project was launched under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to increase the share of clean energy in Dubai’s total power output to 7 percent by 2020, 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050.
Emirates Lunar Mission
Under the Emirates Lunar Mission – 2024, the UAE aims to develop a lunar rover in the UAE and send it to the moon by 2024. The aim of the mission is to study various aspects such as thermal properties of the lunar surface and the formation and components of the lunar soil. It involves carrying out a series of measurements and tests that will expand human understanding of the Moon-plasma, photoelectrons and dust particles located over the illuminated part of the lunar surface. The project aims to pave the way for discoveries that can contribute to the development of science and specialised high-precision technologies in the space sector.
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Updated on 15 Aug 2023