Dubailand World, Dubai

A sustainability strategy delivering over $35m potential cost savings per annum

Arup was appointed to create a sustainability strategy for a section of the Dubailand World site that included Legoland, Six Flags, Marvel, DreamWorks, Freej and the Central Island.

The aim of the strategy was to provide the client with cost-effective ideas and solutions that would enable them to create a sustainable development whilst ensuring that the comfort expectations of guests were met.

As this section of Dubailand World forms part of a larger site, it was important that any solutions identified would fit with the wider plans for sustainability and infrastructure. For this reason, the major focuses of the sustainability strategy were energy, waste and water.

Arup’s strategy ensures that the client is able to meet their sustainability and visitor goals.

As well as energy, waste and water, Arup examined other key areas to ensure the most sustainable results could be achieved for Dubailand World. These included materials, reduction of heat islands, transportation, construction methods and microclimate. Arup analysed each area, highlighting the challenges and benefits of different approaches and made suggestions as to the best technologies to achieve the desired results.

A cost/benefit analysis was provided for the client, highlighting the potential savings that could be generated per year. This clearly showed the implications and benefits of rolling out a sustainability strategy on the site.

By focusing on the areas of energy, waste and water alone, the identified solutions will enable the client to achieve an 80% reduction on usual energy demand, equating to an annual saving of $14.3m. Water use will also be reduced by 80-90%, generating an annual saving of $18,500,000 in operating costs.