Emirates Green Building Council has recognised those striving to strengthen and promote green building practices.
The 2019 edition of the MENA Green Building Awards covered categories such as Green Commercial Building of the Year, Sustainable Building Design, and Green School.
Announcing the awards, Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: "The commendable work on net-zero buildings, a new category introduced this year, demonstrates the forward-looking measures already implemented in the region – making MENA a key partner in the global move towards zero buildings."
An additional gong – the Dr Owainati Student Excellence Award - was presented to Mohamed Elimam from Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai, for “exceptional research work” in a subject related to green buildings in the Middle East.
Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, founder and CEO of Alliances for Global Sustainability, said: "The fundamentals for the UAE’s sustainable growth were established by our Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was passionate about conserving the environment.
“His legacy lends wings to our leadership’s vision to ensure that UAE sets impressive benchmarks in all indicators relating to the sustainable use of resources, including securing renewable sources of energy and optimising the use of natural resources."