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Dubai Unveils Plans For Climate-Controlled Cycling Highway

The city aims to promote walking and cycling as primary modes of transport for residents by 2040.

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When it comes to sustainable modes of transport, countries like the Netherlands have it pretty easy with their temperate climates. On the other hand, the sweltering heat of the Middle East isn’t ideal for cycling or walking to the office.

Arab countries, therefore, need to think outside the box when implementing sustainable (think car-free) forms of transportation, especially if they aim to meet emissions targets as we head toward 2030 and beyond.

A recent announcement by Dubai authorities provides a glimpse into a different green future. City planners have recently unveiled a 93-km climate-controlled cycling highway, named The Loop, with the aim of making cycling and walking to work feasible for up to 80% of residents by the year 2040.

Dubai-based sustainable developer URB is leading the project, and the route will feature a “climate-controlled all-year environment” to make walking and cycling more viable for residents, in line with the Emirate’s 20-minute city initiative.

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The elaborate cycle track is currently still at the R&D stage but is already set to feature leisure and community spaces along its length, providing “an enjoyable mode of sustainable transport, no matter the weather conditions,” the development team said in a recent statement.

In November 2022, URB won two contracts for cycling paths in Dubai’s Al Khawaneej and Mushrif, which form part of a 278-km cycling masterplan for the region. The team will use their experience to develop the new climate-controlled urban highway.

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LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology

Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.

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LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.

Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.

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The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.

Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.

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The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.

The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.

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