Sustainability in Silicon Oasis

Silicon Oasis Authority

6. Clean Water and Sanitation 7. Affordable and Clean Energy 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Overview

Silicon Oasis Dubai city, has made many innovations in order to move toward the technological advancement following the government strategy of making Dubai a Smart City. These innovations are related to the Smart Environment such as green roof, green walls, green buildings and subsurface irrigation. They help to solve the 5 about of the 17 SDGs, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Authors

Kaltham Alghfeli

Kaltham Alghfeli

zainab abulhassan

zainab abulhassan

Fatma Al Younes

Fatma Al Younes

Khadeya Obaidalla

Khadeya Obaidalla

School

Zayed University

Zayed University

Professor

Wasseem Abaza

Wasseem Abaza

Innovation

Clean resources such as water, air and energy are fundamental factors for healthy and productive lives. The decrease of pollution and emission and clean resources will maintain Dubai as a sustainable city in the long run. With the vision of our leaders of sustainability and From this perspective, Silicon Oasis City has innovated many projects. First Green roof, implemented in 2011 in TechnoPoint HQ & Operations Center. Aims to increase green rooftops and walls to a staggering 2800 SQ MT. Second Green Walls, provision of urban ecological habitats, reductions of thermal loading to buildings- lower heating and cooling costs, lower CO2 emissions, reductions of heat island effect – less reflected heat, noise attenuation. Third Subsurface irrigation, UAE’s 1st of-its-kind water saving subsurface irrigation system. This help us to reduce the water consumption levels and operation cost significantly. This innovation is currently waters more than 3,000 palm trees and more than 70,000 sq mt landscape area.

The huge innovation they have done it is the Green buildings, which aims to minimize the use of water, energy and low waste generation, which lead to a healthy environment for living. The main building of Silicon Oasis has been turned into a zero bulbs building by replacing the bulbs lights with LED lights and it is the first of it is kind in the UAE. Along to the buildings achievements they have made a Green Mosque completely implemented with solar lights.

Sustainability in Silicon Oasis

Inspiration

In line with H.H Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid for Smart City initiative along with the vision of our country in improving the urban services and contribution by creating a smarter cities all over the UAE. Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority has been inspired the passion for innovations and advanced technology. Dubai Silicon City is the first in the region came with such innovation.

“We are not following the way, we are actually finding our own way, always as best as we can do, better we can do and evaluate ourselves that we are doing it right or not. I believe this is start of the innovation.” As Mr. Mookkaiah stated, innovation is something new that they always need to find their own way as best as they can even though it is a simple thing. Through this experience, we believe the leader can be inspired by everything what they are interested in their lives. For example, Mr. Mookkaiah is a senior manager of operation and facilities, and one of his interests are business revenue as he mentioned 2 perspective of innovation. What they did to increase their revenue and reduce the cost is the zero-bulb project. It has allowed them to be sustainable and had the zero cost for hundreds of bulbs and electricity bill so that they could increase their business revenue and reduce the facilities cost. Furthermore, other companies in the UAE are visiting Silicon Oasis Authority with lots of interests in their project and actually learn this project. This result brings them to inspire and think more innovation creatively by their own way. In addition, the innovation departure in the Silicon Oasis Authority are collecting those information and experience to make it a real opportunity for another further innovation. Therefore, we can say that one’s desire, interest, and ego would inspire the leader.

Overall impact

Silicon Oasis Authority has a significant impact of innovation to other companies in UAE. Through the zero-bulb project, many companies have been visiting Silicon Oasis Authority and learn their project and actually apply it to their company as well. This result brings UAE to be more sustainable by reducing the consume of material and electricity. The zero-bulb project was based on two perspective of impact of the innovation as Mr. Mookkaiah explained. First, how they increase the revenue. Second, how they reduce the cost. Also, he mentioned that not only zero-bulb project but also many other projects what they are planning on are actually based on that two perspectives.

Business benefit

This innovation will benefit the business in many ways such as increasing revenue since there will be benefit for the business, stakeholders, and shareholders. Creating more value to the stakeholders and shareholders will create shared value which will increase revenue of the company. Another benefit is that the innovation would attract more investors to invest in the company and its projects. Being associated in such innovative projects enhances brand reputation. The last benefit is cost reduction and savings.

Social and environmental benefit

This innovation will benefit the environment because it is sustainable and eco-friendly. The projects that Silicon Oasis came up with are beneficial and less harms the environment. It benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse emissions, reducing the use of energy, reducing the amount of pollution released in the air and water, and increasing efficiency. This will result in a cleaner air and water Moreover, it benefits the society by enhancing the community environment and by increasing stakeholder consultation. As well as making the working environment more likable to the employees which will make them perform better in their jobs and thus increasing efficiency.


Interview

Subramanian Mookkaiah, Senior Manager - Facilities

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Silicon Oasis Authority

Silicon Oasis Authority

Dubai, Dubai, AE

Business Website: www.dsoa.ae

Year Founded: 2012

Number of Employees: 501 to 1000

An Integrated Technology Park

Dubai Silicon Oasis is a globally recognized free zone and an integrated technology park that allows people to live, work, and play. Hosting modern technology based industries and an urban master-planned community in an iconic location, DSO offers state-of-the-art infrastructure and in-house business services.