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By Courtney Gerring, Contributing Editor

Dubai is the gateway to the Middle East region comprised of wealth, glamour, some of the tallest buildings and largest shopping malls in the world. It prides itself on gorgeous yachts, glimmering lights, fast cars and an unstoppable nightlife. Dubai’s energy is contagious and will soon enough have a ‘sustainable city’, the first of its kind and considered one of the unique developments in the world. Here are a few of the places we recommend when visiting this exciting destination . . .

JUMEIRAH_BEACH_HOTEL_DUBAIJumeirah Beach Hotel has recently been awarded the Green Globe Certification for implementing energy saving measures. The hotel has also been recognized for an outstanding sustainability management plan. Successfully reducing electricity consumption by 20% due to its evaporative cooling system and further reducing energy costs with environmentally friendly LED bulbs. A unique facade with a wave-like design, 617 rooms or suites, 19 restaurants, five swimming pools and a private beach ensures an unforgettable sustainable experience.

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Massaad Farm To Table has two locations with a third soon opening, and is Dubai’s first farm to table and sustainable Arabic restaurant. Offering a vibrant Mezza selection of from organic grilled meats and chicken dishes such as shawarma and shish kebabs,  to renowned local, vegetarian favorites such as hummus made with organic olive oil, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, falafel, seasonal salads, and grilled haloumi cheese, there is a delicious bite for all. And if you can’t get there in person, the deliver.

ECO_YOGA_SANCTUARY_DUBAIEco Yoga Sanctuary is a women’s only and the Middle East’s first sustainable yoga studio. Using eco-friendly Far Infrared heating panels, LED lighting, towels and blankets made from bamboo, organic cotton and wool, a recycling program, water filtration, and low VOC paint, this is a peaceful place to get your Asana on. Scheduled classes include Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini, Power and Hot yoga; Body Balance incorporating Tai Chi; Meditation; Core; Pilates, and Belly Dancing, offering mind and body wellness in a soothing and serene environment.
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ZINZIN is the first retail experience of its kind in Dubai, offering eclectic, vintage, and natural pieces, housed in an eco-friendly store with recycled wood walls and floors, and changing rooms constructed from recycled cardboard tubes. With a motto of “Acts of kindness are acts of love,” the brand strives to save the planet by contributing “a style-forward social contribution to the eco-cause.” Truly an escape from the ordinary.
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There are many places to explore when in Dubai including taking a stroll at the flea market, picking up organic produce at Ripe Farmer’s Markets and Farm Shop, absorbing the natural beauty of the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, or getting pampered at the Organic Glow Beauty Lounge, UAE’s first organic and eco-friendly salon. Whatever your pleasure your Dubai experience will be as eco-chic as it is enchanting.