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New buildings in Dubai must use ‘green’ cement

Dubai's requirement for new buildings to use environmentally-friendly varieties of cement made of recycled material began this month. (Thomas Siegmund/

Dubai’s insatiable appetite for over-the-top architecture has solidified the city’s reputation as excessive and wasteful. Sajila Saseendran reports for Al Bawaba that Dubai will mute some critics with its latest directive: green cement.

The switch is part of a broader effort to transform this desert oasis into one of the world’s most environmentally friendly cities by 2020.

Building on that goal, municipal officials announced that beginning this month, all new structures must use eco-friendly alternatives to concrete such as Fly Ash and Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag. These varieties, which contain recycled material, do not harm the environment, the article says. As a bonus, they’re less expensive and have proven more durable and higher quality.

The goal is to eliminate Portland cement, the main ingredient in concrete. Green Prophet explains here that the production of traditional cement leaves natural landscapes scarred and releases toxic gases that contribute to climate change. 

Al Bawaba

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