Sustainability is a topic of great interest today, particularly for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, which have witnessed very rapid economic and demographic growth over the past decade. The observed growth has led to unsustainable consumption patterns of vital resources such as water, energy, and food, highlighting the need for an urgent shift towards green growth and sustainable development strategies.
Sustainability in the Gulf covers the region’s contemporary development challenges through the lens of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which place sustainability at the centre of the solution to the current environmental, economic, and social imbalances facing GCC countries. The book presents multiple analyses of Gulf-specific sustainability topics, examining the current status, challenges, and opportunities, as well as identifying key lessons learned. Innovative and practical policy recommendations are provided, as well as new conceptual angles to the evolving academic debates on the post-oil era in the Gulf. Through chapters covering sector-related studies, as well as the socio-economic dimensions of the sustainability paradigm, this volume offers valuable insights into current research efforts made by the GCC states, proposing a way forward based on lessons learned.
This is a valuable resource for students, academics, and researchers in the areas of Environmental Studies, Political Economy, and Economics of the GCC states.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction
- Sustainability issues in GCC Elie Azar and Mohamed Abdelraouf
- The Gulf’s Region Commitment to a Sustainable Lifestyle: A Bibliometric Study Jwen Fai Low, Maryam R.D. Al-Yammahi, Andrea Schiffauerova
- Framework of study and book organization Elie Azar and Mohamed Abdelraouf
- Water Resources Sustainability in Kuwait against United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Muhammad Al-Rashed and Amjad Aliewi
- Towards Safe and Sustainable Reuse of Treated Wastewater in Abu Dhabi, UAE Farrukh Ahmad
- Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in GCC countries via application of sustainability-oriented innovation to critical infrastructures Ashley Pilipiszyn and Alexandre B. Hedjazi
- Towards Sustainable Urban Development: Challenges and Chances of Climate-Sensitive Urban Design in Muscat/Oman Mais Jafari and Wolfgang Scholz
- The Future of Sustainable Public Transit in Abu Dhabi Hanan AlRubaiai and Abdulla Galadari
- Advancing Sustainable Consumption: Energy Efficiency Labels and Standards in the UAE Deepti Mahajan Mittal
- Sustainability Assessment for Real Estate in UAE: The case of Masdar City Natalia Karayaneva and Mark Coleman
- Energy Consumption and Transition Dynamics under a Rentier Economy: Case of the GCC States Abdullah Kaya, Nazli Choucri, I-Tsung Tsai, and Toufic Mezher
- Economic value of the Abu Dhabi coastal and marine ecosystem services: Estimate and Management Applications James Blignaut, Myles Mander, Roula Inglesi-Lotz, Jane Glavan, and Stephen Parr
- Economic and GHG Emission Policy Co-benefits for Integrated Waste Management Planning across the GCC Paul Dumble, Nagwa El Karawy, Amr Osama Abdel-Aziz, and Ahmed Wafiq Abolnasr
- Motivating Sustainable Consumption Behavior Through Education, Incentive Programs, and Green Policies in Saudi Arabia Hadeel Banjar
- Outlook towards the future of sustainability in the Gulf Elie Azar and Mohamed Abdelraouf
Part II: Infrastructure Management and Urban Solutions
Part III: Standards and Policies
Part IV: The socio-economic perspective
Part V: Conclusion
Elie Azar is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems and Management at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Mohamed Abdel Raouf is Sustainability Research Program Manager at the Gulf Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.