Dubai ranked 1st globally as smart, sustainable, and resilient city by UN

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Dubai has been ranked first globally by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in terms of resilience acknowledging the city’s adoption of best practices and innovative approaches in reducing the risk of disaster.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said that the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a role model for smart, sustainable, and resilient future cities has been the driving force behind the achievements in sustainable development.

Dubai has executed world-class projects and deployed state-of-the-art solutions, backed by national and international talent, to make it the world’s best place to work and live. It was also the only city to be recognized among 56 cities shortlisted from 4,357 competing cities.

During the meeting with the heads of government entities at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Sheikh Hamdan congratulated their efforts which led to this global recognition. He urged the teams to continue to work to raise Dubai’s global sustainability rankings. He also underlined the importance of supporting innovative ideas that can help Dubai convert challenges into opportunities and create a brighter future.

The city has been fulfilling its commitment to United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UNSDGs) at every step of development through the Dubai Strategic Plan 2030, a roadmap for Dubai’s innovation-driven growth.

The heads of government entities said that Sheikh Mohammed’s directives, as well as the constant monitoring of Sheikh Hamdan and H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, have helped Dubai become a smart city with world-class infrastructure and service quality.

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction evaluated Dubai based on the ‘Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient’ principles, 117 indicator criteria, and other requirements and conditions. The risk and disaster management teams in Dubai are constantly improving their preparedness to deal with unforeseen emergencies and developing long-term initiatives to build a culture of risk management.

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