The United Arab Emirates (UAE) lies between 22°30′ and 26°10′ north latitude and between 51° and 56°25′ east longitude. It shares a 530-kilometre border with Saudi Arabia on the west, south, and southeast, and a 450-kilometre border with Oman on the southeast and northeast.
The climate of the UAE is subtropical-arid with hot summers and warm winters. The climate is categorized as desert climate. The hottest months are July and August, when average maximum temperatures reach above 45 °C on the coastal plain. In the Al Hajar Mountains, temperatures are considerably lower. Average minimum temperatures in January and February are between 10 and 14 °C. During the late summer months, a humid southeastern wind known as Sharqi makes the coastal region especially unpleasant.
The United Arab Emirates and Solar LED Pole Lights
Sustainability isn’t typically the first thing to come to mind when you think about the United Arab Emirates. The harsh desert landscape doesn’t evoke the usual imagery that we’re presented with when it comes to sustainable cities. However this is gradually changing with developments such as Masdar City, the so called city-of-the-future which is anticipated to be the worlds first carbon zero city.
“We have to be ready to celebrate the last export of a barrel of oil,” says Yousef Baselaib. executive director for sustainable real estate in Masdar City. “It is cheaper to produce solar than to use a conventional gas plant. But it is not 24-7. No matter how many megawatts, we still need backup and we are investing in research and development such as energy storage.”
Masdar City is a model city in the desert aiming to inspire change. Bringing in global organisations and research institutes focused on sustainable technologies, it hopes to be a hub surrounded by Asia, Africa and Europe, which can embrace future technologies and lead other cities in a positive renewable direction.