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New strategy to help Dubai’s hottest urban areas beat the heat

Municipality to conduct aerial surveys using thermal surveying technique

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Dubai: Dubai Municipality is developing a climate adaptation strategy to reduce the temperature in the emirate’s hottest urban areas.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said the strategy will cover several sectors, including but not limited to, energy, water, infrastructure, food, biodiversity, ecology, coastal area, air quality, public health, business, and tourism development.

Alia Al Harmoudi, director of Environment Department, said thermal islands in the emirate will be studied in line with the strategy.

A thermal island, also called an urban heat island (UHI), is a metropolitan area which is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas.

“An aerial survey of the urban areas of the emirate will be conducted using an advanced thermal surveying technique to identify the area affected with the phenomenon of thermal islands in the emirate.”

She said the project includes technical analysis of aerial survey data using advanced computer programmes.

“The outputs of the project will be considered as a key input in the climate adaptation strategy.”

“One of its main outputs will be a 3D map explaining the area affected with the phenomenon of thermal islands in the emirate and the thermal contrast between them and the surrounding areas in order to be able to find technical solutions and take effective measures and policies in coordination with all relevant sectors to reduce and limit the phenomenon in Dubai.

Al Harmoudi said the strategy will be implemented in three major phases.

The first phase is will study the best global practices and will identify legal gaps in addressing the impact of climate change on all sectors.

The second phase will include the preparation of short and long term plans, including initiatives, projects and studies, and prioritising them.

“The third and final phase will include setting the timeframe for implementation of these plans and linking them to performance indicators that will be followed up later,”

Al Harmoudi said.