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National Geographic Urban Expeditions Series– Where to Next?

Dubai Series Focuses on Green Building

NatGeo Dubai

In the continuing Urban Expeditions series, National Geographic will spotlight density and buildings and their role in a city’s growth, featuring trends and opportunities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

New content will highlight what the term ‘green building’ means and why cities are committing to it in economic, environmental and human health terms.

The series will explore the latest research and design elements that translate into positive benefits for both our physical health and mental functioning. Since we spend about 90% of our time indoors, this is a particularly surprising and compelling aspect to green buildings. And since buildings consume 40% of global energy, the future of buildings and future of sustainability go hand in hand.

See the ‘what’ and ‘why’ behind green building in Urban Expeditions’ newest By the Numbers infographic.

Why Dubai?

Dubai is one of the world’s fastest growing cities in an improbable environment. It’s known for having some of the most progressive green building trends in the world, ranking as the eighth best for green building globally by corporate strategy firm Solidiance. In addition to being one of the best for green building in the world, Dubai is also considered to be the most sustainable city in the Middle East.

In recent years, Dubai has made great strides towards reducing its environmental impact. To combat its reliance on fossil fuels, the city has pledged to reduce its energy and water demand by a third by 2030.

Dubai is also famous for the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, served by Otis elevators and cooled with Carrier chillers.

Urban Expeditions is a multiyear project spotlighting the rise of cities and innovative, sustainable solutions for managing urban growth. The initiative was made possible by a grant from United Technologies Corporation to the National Geographic Society.