Dubai could be transformed into a hub for sustainability and wellness, thanks to URB, a Dubai-based development firm.
URB has unveiled plans for two ambitious projects that are focused on the environment and aim to create a more sustainable future for the emirate.
One of the proposed developments, “The Loop,” is an indoor climate-controlled “sustainable urban highway” that would stretch over 93 kilometers and create a car-free green corridor for walking and cycling around the city.
URB’s CEO, Baharash Bagherian, believes that if built, it would be the world’s smartest cycling and running infrastructure, and make Dubai the most connected city on Earth by foot or bike.
The second project, the “Agri Hub,” would be a massive agritourism site in the desert, covering roughly 40 hectares. It would host spaces for education and research, as well as eco-lodges, farm shops, and farm-to-table restaurants and cafes.
The site is designed to be a benchmark for sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and green tourism in the region.
URB says both projects would be zero-waste, and on-site transport would be fossil-fuel-free, with its own biogas plant to generate energy from organic waste. Both projects would use recycled gray water for irrigation and feature drought-tolerant plants as well as rain gardens and bioretention areas that require no irrigation and create habitat for birds and insects.
URB is currently undertaking feasibility studies to establish the best site for the development of the Agri Hub, with construction planned to begin in 2024. Meanwhile, The Loop could be ready for Dubai’s cyclists and runners by 2040. URB hopes that these projects will put Dubai at the forefront of the world’s green economy, and create a more sustainable future for the city and its residents.
This comes as Maltese NGOs and activist continue to issue calls for better infrastructure for bike users on the islands due to severe accidents impacting those who utilise the alternative mode of transportation.
Most recently, three groups came together to call for the urgent redesign of the Sir Temi Żammit Road in Mġarr by issuing an open letter to the Infrastructure and Transport authorities.