There's a long way to go until the reality matches the rhetoric, however, the steps to a greener city seem to be underway.

This article titled “Can Dubai ever be sustainable?” was written by Leon Kaye for the Guardian Professional Network, for on Tuesday 13th March 2012 14.09 UTC

In the Middle East, The Doha Debates is a cutting edge television forum for Arabs to discuss the hottest political and social issues around and beyond the Arabian Gulf. In late 2009, one of its topics was This House Believes Dubai is a Bad Idea. And on that same day, Dubai’s neighbour, Abu Dhabi, tossed a lifeline to Dubai in the form of a $10bn (£6.4bn) loan to assist the emirate out with its tangled finances.

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