If you ever wondered what life will be like when climate change makes outside unlivable, Dubai can give you a good idea

Dubai Development Property Real Estate (40 of 40)

  • A new report
    by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    (IPCC)
    released in October detailed how even just half a degree of rise in
    the world’s temperature would result in severe, catastrophic
    effects, making the climate unlivable in the most severe
    cases.
  • If you are wondering what life might be like in such a
    scenario, Dubai can give you a good approximation. For more than
    half the year, temperatures are
    regularly around 105 degrees Fahrenheit
    and have gone as high
    as 119 degrees Fahrenheit, with plenty of humidity. It makes being
    outside for more than a few minutes unbearable.
  • Dubai has developed into a series of climate-controlled indoor
    spaces including more than
    65 malls
    , apartment buildings with entire indoor cities
    attached, and car-centric design that discourages walking outside.
    You can spend entire days without ever stepping outside.

It’s become more clear than ever this year that climate change
is very real and that we are already seeing the effects.

A new report
by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC)
released in October detailed how even just half a degree of rise in
the world’s temperature would result in severe, catastrophic
effects.

As Business Insider’s
Kevin Loria summed up
: That half of a degree will make
drought-prone regions much more likely to experience severe
drought, and areas prone to heat waves or intense hurricanes will
get more of those disasters, too. These factors could trigger huge
migrations of people and mass extinctions of animals. 

In short, the climate will get a lot less livable, particularly
in places already vulnerable to high temperatures.

As I hung out in Dubai last month, it struck me that the city’s
severe climate and its adaptation to that climate was a good
approximation of what I imagine living with the severe effects of
climate change to be.

During Dubai’s long summer, stretching from mid-April through
October, temperatures make it unbearable to be outside for more
than a few minutes. Temperatures are
regularly around 105 degrees Fahrenheit
 (41 degrees Celsius)
and have gone as high as 119 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees
Celsius), with plenty of humidity.

The city’s adaptation to that climate? A proliferation of
interconnected climate-controlled spaces, including more than

65 malls
, residential and office buildings with entire indoor
cities attached, metros, and indoor parking lots. 

Dubai Development Property Real Estate (25 of 40)

For a certain social millieu — I’m talking native Emiratis and
the wealthy expats with white-collar jobs — one could go entire
days or weeks during the summer without stepping outside. You go
from your air-conditioned apartment in a residential skyscraper to
the indoor parking lot, and then drive to your office, park in the
indoor lot, and head upstairs to the office skyscraper.

If you need to do grocery shopping or pick up a present, there
are likely retail stores, grocery stores, or an entire retail
complex attached to your office building or apartment building.

Dubai Mall Worlds Second Largest Mall (60 of 61)

If you want to spend a Saturday out with your family, grab
coffee with a colleague, or enjoy an “al fresco” dinner and a
movie, you are likely doing it inside at The Dubai Mall, a $2
billion complex with  1,200 stores, hundreds of restaurants, a
movie theater, a luxury hotel, an Olympic-size ice-skating rink, a
virtual-reality theme park, and an aquarium. Or, perhaps you’ll
visit one of Dubai’s dozens of other megamalls with similar
amenities that blur the line between mall and city block.

Meanwhile, for the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in
Dubai who aren’t lucky enough to live in air-conditioned
megacomplexes, Dubai can be a hellscape during the summer — just
as the climate might be for the developing countries that
will be hardest hit by the effects of climate change
.

Dubai is getting so good at simulating the outdoors inside that
its next megaproject is dedicated to just that. Dubai Square, set
to become the world’s largest mall, is built around a four-lane
“boulevard” that mimics a wide city street, a piazza, and an
entertainment center for concerts and theater shows. It will even
have
the Middle East’s largest Chinatown
.

Boulevard at Dubai Square

The net effect of this kind of development is that nearly all
“public” or “social” space in the city is a corporatized shopping
destination.

“[In the UAE] the mall is a social space, not just a shopping
space,” Justin Thomas, an associate professor of psychology at
Zayed University, wrote for The
National
 in 2014.

“The mall is where three generations of the same family take an
evening stroll; the mall is where the Abu Dhabi Readers (a book
club) meet to discuss works of literature.”

When you can’t hang out in social spaces outside, whether it’s
due to a severe climate or pollution, you find indoor spaces to do
so.

It’s hard to say that’s de-facto bad when such malls and
climate-controlled spaces are providing livable spaces outside of
the home in a city that desperately needs them. But there is a
creeping feeling that something is lost when all public spaces
exist solely so large corporations can make a profit.

If I was going to take a guess at where our hyper-consumerist
world is heading in the event the world can’t get its act together
on climate change, I’d say it’s going to look a lot like Dubai.

And Dubai, for its part, will have to keep adapting to its
extreme climate. The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi found in a report
last year that under
its most severe climate change scenario
, nearly all of Dubai
would be underwater due to rising sea levels.


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If you ever wondered what life will be like when climate change makes outside unlivable, Dubai can give you a good idea