DUBAI / WAM
According to Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, the population of Dubai is expected to increase to five million by 2030.
Lootah was speaking on the final day of the fourth World Government Summit in Dubai, in which his speech addressed the issues of the consequences of an increasing population and depleting natural resources, an increase in demand on education, energy, employment, housing and other issues.
Whether it be improving traffic flow, managing waste, or promoting environmental awareness to communities, Lootah added that the current model of cities would not be sufficient to realise the future requirements of the community.
To prepare for a brighter and a sustainable future, he reinforced the importance of developing a good foundation of partnerships and exchanging of information with other countries.
Key representatives from different cities and organisations gathered to sign the Dubai Charter of Sustainable Development Cities Alliance seeking to collaboratively achieve the vision of building a sustainable future for Dubai.
Lootah mentioned the challenges that governments might face when planning a sustainable city that not only places people’s welfare at the forefront, but also preserves the natural resources.
Manvita Bardai, Director of International Capital Market Association-India, also added that in order for cities to remain on the correct path of prosperity and sustainability the leaders must take the right steps to achieve high standard of quality in cities, and data needs to be assembled and shared with global communities.