The climate change document UAE Climate Risk Assessment and Adaptation Measures in Key Sectors: Health, energy, infrastructure and environment is a synthesis of the UAE's climate risk assessment conducted in its four key sectors - health, energy, infrastructure, and the environment - as the first step to implement the National Climate Change Adaptation Program.
Despite collective global efforts, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, causing significant threats to all sectors of our society. Timely and effective measures to adapt to climate change is now more important than ever. While the UAE is well adapted to its harsh desert conditions and has remarkably prospered in spite of its climate, future climate change may impose new and overwhelming pressures on the country's environment, economy, and society. Climate projections for the UAE and the Gulf region reveal increased temperature and humidity levels, longer hot and humid seasons, more intense rainfall, higher seawater levels, and increased likelihood and scale of extreme weather events. This document includes the climate change affects UAE will face in coming years and the approach the UAE will take in order to tackle those effects. Priority climate risks have been identified and the next steps for advancing adaptation have been considered.