Are most of the new buildings in Dubai made LEED certified?



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    On October 24, 2007, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum declared that all new buildings in Dubai have to be up to LEED certification standard.  Dubai World, a holding company that owns ports operators and real estate companies, has a branch called Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) that is creating a new certification system tailored to the Middle East that will come out in 2010.  In the meantime, they are going by LEED standards for just below a silver rating.

    Still, as points out in its “10 Dumbest Green Buildings on Earth” article, just because a building is LEED-certified doesn’t mean that the buildings are good for the environment, with excess like refrigerated beaches and 60% of the Dubai’s energy expenses going to air conditioning.  (

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