3 Practical Ways to Reduce Heat from the Outside Sun

Air conditioning is used today to battle extreme heat, it is indeed a marvelous creation. Even if you have air conditioning, blasting it at full capacity 24/7 is going to cost you a lot and may even not achieve the desired results. People throughout the ages used to battle heat in many innovative ways; Romans used their architecture, aqueducts circulating cold water through the buildings; an emperor used his influence to move a mountain of snow in his garden, he used donkey trains to transport all this snow. You don’t need to move mountains or build aqueducts in your home. … Continue reading

Why Cities in the Middle East Need More Trees?

In 2016, The Nature Conservancy, one of the largest environmental NGOs in the United States, released a report entitled “Planting Healthy Air” that examines the role planting trees in urban areas plays in reducing pollution and extreme heat. As the report indicates, the population of city dwellers globally is increasing, as is the number of deaths associated with exposure to pollution and intense heat waves. The authors of the report argue that urban forestation projects are one of the most cost effective means to reduce particulate matter in the air and cool temperatures in the world’s largest cities. Urban forestation … Continue reading

Green Building Trends in the Middle East

The Middle East region faces a unique set of environmental and socio-economic challenges in the form of water scarcity, harsh climatic conditions, ecological degradation and abundance of fossil fuels. Commercial and residential buildings in the Middle East consume more energy than those in other parts of the world, mainly on account of extremely hot weather, rampant use of glass exteriors and heavy reliance on air-conditioning. The Middle East building industry, in recent years, is actively trying to make widespread use of eco-friendly architecture, traditional building methods and sustainable construction practices. Some of the other drivers for the progress of green buildings sector … Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About The World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world. It was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/202 and was first celebrated in 1986 with the theme “Shelter is My Right”. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our urban areas and the basic human right regarding provision of adequate shelter to all human beings. World Habitat Day also aims to remind the planners and government officials of the collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations and a day to encourage grassroots … Continue reading

Environmental Factors to Consider While Investing in Real Estate

Many people are just concerned about location when it comes to buying real estate. You need to keep in mind that there are a variety of different factors which you need to consider. Only when you take into account these factors, it is easy for you to make the right buying decision. The most ignored element while investing in real estate are environmental factors. When you consider all these factors, it is easy to make the right decision. You cannot ignore these factors in the long term if you plan to become a good and successful real estate investor. 1. … Continue reading

المشربية: بين الجمال والوظيفة

تميزت العمارة والفنون الإسلامية بمجموعة من الأساليب والخصائص التصميمية والتي يمكن من خلال دراستها أن تمثل مصدراً لمجموعة من الأسس والقيم التصميمية، وقد كان الفن الإسلامي بطبيعته فناً بيئياً حياتياً يلعب الجمال فيه دوراً بارزاً، حيث تجده في معظم الأحوال مستلهماً من الطبيعة، ومستفيداً من أشكالها، ومحاكياً لعناصرها، بأسلوب تجريدي لتحقيق التطور التصميمي من زخرفة العناصر المعمارية الأساسية والتكميلية التي تؤكد على الطراز الإسلامي. وبالرغم من تنوع الأنماط المعمارية عند المسلمين إلا أن العمارة لم تغفل عن إعطاء البيئة والمحيط القدر الكاف من التميز، مما أتاح المزيد من التجسيد الفعلي لمعاني الإسلام حتى على مستوي الحفاظ على البيئة، ومن الجدير … Continue reading

بيئة مبنية صديقة للبيئة في الشرق الأوسط

إن الدوافع الرئيسية للوصول نحو بيئة مبنية خضراء في الشرق الأوسط هي  بطبيعتها دوافع اقتصادية. تحوز المباني الخضراء والموفرة للطاقة على إقبال متزايد في المنطقة بسبب ارتفاع أسعار الطاقة والحاجة الى حلول أكثر كفاءة وبأسعار وإجراءات معقولة ضمن قطاع الإنشاءات. يجد مطورو العقارات الكبار في هذا أدوات جديدة للتسويق وجذب المستهلك تزيد من مبيعاتهم وتعكس التزامهم بتحقيق أهداف التنمية المستدامة والمسؤولية البيئية. من جانب العرض، فإن الموردين ومقدمي الخدمة يجدون فرص عمل جديدة في هذا التحول في السوق مما جعله دافعا لتقديم خدمات ومواد جديدة. الدوافع الرئيسية يتطلب التحول في البيئة المبنية تغييرا في الجانب المتعلق بالطلب من أجل تحفيز … Continue reading

التنمية الحضرية منخفضة الكربون: قرارات مجدية لمدن الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

تمثل المدن أرقى أشكال الحضارة الإنسانية التي طورت لتحقيق غاية أساسية هي تطوير الكفاءة الاقتصادية، إلا أنه وفي خِضَم التنافس الاقتصادي الشرس، خسرت المدن الكثير من العدالة وأضاعت بصمتها البيئية. بحلول عام 2050، من المتوقع أن يعيش 70% من سكان العالم في المدن التي ستكون وحدها مسؤولة عن ثلاثة أرباع إجمالي انبعاثات غازات الدفيئة في العالم، مما يعني أن بذل الجهود الواعية لتبني تدابير فعالة من شأنها أن تساعدنا في تحقيق أهداف التنمية المستدامة قد أصبح ضرورة ملحة نحتاجها ليس فقط من الحكومات و لكن أيضا من قبل مؤسسات القطاع الخاص والمنظمات غير الربحية والمجتمعات المحلية. مستقبل المدن على الصعيد … Continue reading

Beyond Wage Slavery – A Return to a Better Economy, Politics And Society

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, wage slavery is defined as the  economic condition where someone is obliged to work so that they can earn enough money to live on and pay for necessities. In effect, all workers in the global economy who have no other option but to work and sell their labour or else face poverty and homelessness, are in fact slaves to the capitalist economy. This links with the ideas of thinkers like Karl Marx and Joseph Proudhon, who elaborated on the comparison between wage labour and slavery, most notably the critique of work and working conditions. Moreover, … Continue reading

The Power of Cities to Shape a Greener Future

The current rate of urbanization is one of the global megatrends, which will manifest itself in many of the challenges faced in the upcoming decades. UN reports estimate that nearly 70% of the world’s population will be urban by 2050. The way in which cities deal with this rapid rate of urbanization will determine whether international objectives such as Sustainable Development Goal 11, aimed at making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, will be achieved. Urbanization has further impacts on many more of the goals defined in the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Achieving these goals … Continue reading

Breathing Life into Sand

Dake Rechsand’s innovative and transformative solutions are proactively contributing to the creation of a more sustainable and abundant world. The company’s breakthrough breathable sand technology utilizes low-value desert aeolian sand, to create a constantly evolving portfolio of high value products. The solutions offered by Dake Rechsand include applications in water purification, desert farming, water harvesting, construction, sand casting, sand oil and more. The company is transforming food and water security in water stressed regions and is currently engaged in an ambitious plan to enable farming and greenery for at least 10,000 acres across UAE or for half a million trees … Continue reading

District Cooling in the Middle East: Potential and Challenges

District cooling produces chilled water in a centralized location for distribution to buildings like offices and factories through a network of insulated underground pipes. The chilled water travels to different buildings, where the water circulates through refrigeration coils or uses absorption technology to enter the air-conditioning system. During winter, the source for the cooling can often be seawater, so it is a cheaper resource than using electricity to run compressors for cooling. What is District Cooling District cooling provides effective control over internal temperature of a building, requires less maintenance than a standalone air-conditioning system, consumes lesser space and reduces … Continue reading