The Secretariat General of the Arab League named Abu Dhabi “Capital of the Arab Environment for 2023” at the end of last year, in recognition of the emirate’s distinguished environmental protection efforts, and implementation of related initiatives and projects to improve people’s quality of life – all underpinned by the aim to achieve sustainable development and protect natural resources in the region. It is also an example of how the emirate’s dedication, efficient planning and the effective execution of wide-ranging sustainability initiatives can reap impactful results that will benefit generations to come.

The city of Abu Dhabi won the competition organised by the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment during its 34th session in Muscat last year, which coincided with two significant local and global events: the UAE declared 2023 the Year of Sustainability under the slogan “Today for Tomorrow,” and the UAE’s exceptionally successful hosting of COP28.

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi prepared its award submission in cooperation with local partners, including Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company “Tadweer,” and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Further cementing Abu Dhabi’s global environmental leadership credentials, the award submission outlined the most prominent achievements and initiatives implemented by the emirate, including: the development of green infrastructure, improvements in air and water quality, and the adoption of renewable energy and clean technology in all vital sectors. The emirate has also launched a range of environmental awareness campaigns and programmes, motivating residents to take conscious measures to preserve the environment, as well as targeting students and the community to support environmental and sustainable projects.