Campaign group Greenpeace has praised Dubai on the completion of the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Julien Jreissati, Arab World campaigner at Greenpeace Mediterranean, said the solar energy park helped bring about the realisation the era of oil and other dirty energies will be ended soon, even in fossil-fuel producing countries.
He said: “The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park constitutes a renewable energy landmark just like Noor Ouarzazate in Morocco and will contribute in fulfilling Dubai’s ambition to become a green technology hub.
“We expect even more from Dubai as it has the potential to be the first city in the Arab world to commit to 100 per cent renewable energy and to completely break free from fossil fuels in the near future.”
The solar park will power 50,000 homes thanks to 2.3 million panels spread across 4.5 square kilometres of desert.
It will also be the largest single-site solar power plant in the world, with a total capacity of 5,000 megawatts when it is completed in 2030.