Representatives from more than a dozen cities and organizations from the Gulf region, Europe and Asia signed a charter Wednesday, the closing day of the World Government Summit in Dubai, aimed at charting a sustainable course for Dubai's development.
Dubai officials expect the city's population to inflate by 5 million people by 2030, setting up a strain on natural resources and services. The Dubai Charter of Sustainable Development Cities Alliance looks to forge a coalition of collaborative support to help design and lead a more sustainable course for the city. Those signing thecharter included representatives from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Beirut, Ankara, Amman, Baghdad, Manama, Al Rabat, Kuwait City, Metropole de Lyon in France, Al Maddinah Province, India and the Arab Towns Organization.
Dubai has held the World Government Summit since 2013 as a way of gathering regional officials together to discuss the future of government. Other developments at this year's summit included promises from Egyptian leaders to reform the country's education, health, transportation and housing sectors within three years and a new memorandum of understanding between the UAE and Malta to cooperate on increasing efficiency and innovation by engaging the public and private sector and providing the UAE with support from The Malta Information Technology Agency.