Building Inclusive Green Economies
The UAE Approach


"Green growth" is a pathway which enhances the country's economic growth ambitions, its social development priorities and its vital environmental goals together. This is an attractive opportunity for the United Arab Emirates to further enhance its significant economic development whilst at the same time addressing wider environmental and social issues and therefore realizing sustainable development. It would enable a wide range of benefits for the country which are key to delivering various federal and emirate-level visions and development plans.


UAE Toward Green Economy 


The Vision2021  highly corresponds with the globally emerging concept of "green growth" or "green economy", which refers to the practice of encouraging economic growth and development while ensuring that ecosystems remain in place and providing the services upon which social welfare depend over time. This also implies that investment and innovation should be encouraged as they will lay the foundation for sustained growth by generating new economic opportunities (OECD, 2011).

More than 190 nations including the UAE agreed at the United Nations Rio+20 Summit in June 2012 that a green economy transition could be an important tool in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication (UNGA, 2012).


"A Green Economy for Sustainable Development" initiative

  His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Ministry of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched in January 2012 a long-term national initiative to build green economy in the UAE under the slogan A Green Economy for Sustainable Development. Under this initiative, the UAE seeks to become a global hub and a successful model of the new green economy so as to enhance the country's competitiveness and sustainability of its development and preserve its environment for future generations.

In the strategy, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid indicated six focus areas along with a list of suggested general actions as a reference point; 





 Who is behind the project :

The Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW), in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA)  and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is working together with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in the development of the green growth strategy road map:


Developing an action plan for the strategy:

To further concretize the Green Growth Strategy and provide a clear structure that can harmonize the implementation of different initiatives under a unified pathway, the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW), the Prime Minister's Office  (PMO) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) jointly led a stakeholder engagement and consultation process extended for over an year from January 2013. This process was supported by the Abu Dhabi Office of the Global Green Growth Initiative (GGGI).

This strategy document outlines a pathway for the UAE's development incorporating economic, environmental and social long-term goals.

  • The implementation process of the UAE Green Growth Strategy is adhering to the following agreed principles to ensure alignment and collaboration between stakeholders for informed, integrated decisions:


stakeholder engagement and consultation process: 

 The consultation with key stakeholders was conducted mainly through workshops with seven Technical Task Forces each of which focuses on particular sector – Water and Electricity; Oil and Gas; Industry; Land-use and Agriculture; Transport; Buildings; and Waste. Over 160 people took part in those workshops with representation from across the country including federal and local government agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The workshops were complemented through bilateral consultation meetings and validation workshops with over 30 entities from private and public sector .



  • Alongside the extensive stakeholder consultation process, the following four background studies were conducted to provide evidence base for informing the policy design:

    These studies allowed an integrated assessment of Green Economy opportunities, specific technologies and potential policies and are informing the prioritization and design of actions and policies under the strategy.The National Strategy for Green Growth will acknowledge the current ongoing initiatives in the UAE at various levels towards sustainable development:

    1. Analysis of the UAE's situation on Green Economy challenges and existing policy initiatives;

    2. Benchmarking of 5 countries (Brazil, Denmark, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, and the UAE) on Green Economy policy and activities;

    3. Analysis of GHG abatement  cost of key technology options for Green Economy; and

    4. Macroeconomic impact assessment of Green Economy policies.


UAE showcases and projects in Green economy 

  1. green initiatives in UAE on Green Energy - click here

  2.  green initiaitives in UAE on Green investment  - clcik here

  3. green initiatives in UAE on Green city  - click here

  4. green initiaitves in UAE on climate change - click here  

  5. green initiaitves in UAE on green life - click here

  6. green initiaitves in UAE on Green Technology - click here