DUBAI, -- Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, visited the inaugural edition of the Future Cities Show on Tuesday to review the innovative projects presented, serving the UAE vision for sustainable and happy future cities.

Al-Zeyoudi praised the show's promotion of sustainable culture, and commended the positive and innovative practices which will help design and build the future cities, and face climate challenges to guarantee safety and happiness for next generations.

He noted that the UAE, inspired by the wise vision of its leadership, aims to be the most effective country for strategic planning involving economic, environmental and development growth.

Al-Zeyoudi also referred to "The UAE Centennial 2071" which was launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and aims to make the UAE the best country in the world. The comprehensive government programme seeks to help the UAE diversify its income resources to become the No. 1 country in the world by 2071.

Sustainability and innovation have been the focus of the final day of the "Future Cities Show" 2017 in Dubai. Dubai has been named as the region's most sustainable city by Construction Consultancy Arcadis. The company has placed Dubai 52nd in its 2016 Sustainable Cities Index, which was compiled by the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

The third day of the Future Cities Show featured a presentation by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development highlighting "How smart technologies are changing in the UAE road network." The presentation focussed on the new and smart applications used by the ministry on the federal roads.

"The Ministry of Infrastructure Development aims to increase the safety and security of the public using the road network through the use of smart technologies. Currently, the Ministry uses and implements several smart technologies such as 'cold asphalt,' 'asphalt recycling' and 'Nano' technology. These technologies help increase the asphalt age by more than five years as compared to the traditional methods. In addition, using asphalt recycling reduces the cost by 35 percent, and decreases the execution time," said Ahmed Abdallah Alhammadi Director of the ministry's Road Department.

"We are delighted with the success the inaugural edition of the Future Cities show has witnessed. As the world is moving towards a technological revolution, the sustainability agenda is particularly important. As such we placed a strong emphasis on supporting a sustainable future at the Future Cities Show which set the stage for scaled-up action on best environmental practices and better luxury for the residents of these cities," said Dawood Al Shezawi, Chairman of Strategic and Head of the Organising Committee of the Future Cities Show.

Source: Emirates News Agency