“Vision 2021, the United Arab Emirates’ new national agenda, pledges to focus on sustainable development, environmental preservation, and clean energy”
In Dubai, there are plenty of ways for travelers to see these new eco-initiatives up close, beginning with the Sustainable City, which will be a net-zero-energy-metropolis within the metropolis where parking spaces are shaded by solar panels, biodome greenhouses allow for urban farming, and a buffer zone of trees purifies the air.
Stays like Hotel Indigo are pushing to recycle all wastewater as restaurants such as Boca offer ever-shifting menus featuring ingredients like Emirati kingfish and native desert plants. Uber Green, a fleet stacked with Teslas, is a low-emissions way to see the city (or hop on a biofuel-powered bus).
Skip the malls and spend a day learning about sea turtle conservation on Jumeirah Island, or move beyond the skyline altogether: The enclave of Hatta, high in the Hajar Mountains about 90 minutes away, has some of the best stargazing in the region.” –
Alicia Erikson, Condé Nast Traveler