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Gulf logistics ambitions skirt net-zero carbon emissions goals

The Gulf states are expanding their transportation networks and logistics hubs, which would seem to threaten their stated goals reducing carbon emissions.
A picture take on Sept. 14, 2017 shows an Airbus A380 of Emirates landing at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport.

Dubai’s $8.7 trillion economic development plan for the next 10 years — called D33 — that was announced earlier this month aims to cement the United Arab Emirate's (UAE) position as “the global city at the center of many emerging markets.”

The UAE, of which Dubai is part, looks to triple the number of containers handled annually in its port by 2032 and increase the number of Emirati-flagged ships and tankers to 2,000. The country’s flag-carrying airlines — Emirates and Etihad Airways — have started reintroducing their Airbus A380 fleet, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

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