The 'kafya', as designers call it, uses solar cells to provide energy, has a fan to cool down users on a sweltering day, and more importantly, a GPS that locates users in case they get lost in the crowd during the Hajj.
Dubai Habitat III forum warns that even the most luxury-minded countries need to offer a spectrum of housing options to remain globally competitive. That could offer a significant market for the real-estate industry.
Hernando de Soto –
Opposition to globalisation is getting louder. Hernando de Soto, president of the Institute of Liberty and Democracy, analyses why and what it will take to keep global flows in motion.
John Elkington –
The new world energy order, dominated by coal and oil, is coming to an end, says Volans chairman John Elkington. The future belongs to clean energy, and it is up to companies to innovate or fall behind.
Laura Tuck –
Water scarcity can spark bitter conflict, but effective resource management and resilience policies can help countries avoid water scarcity and boost economic growth, says World Bank Group vice president for sustainable development Laura Tuck.
As the age of oil draws to an end, Saudi Arabia is taking small steps to expand its renewable energy use. But the oil producing countries of the Middle East need to do much more to adopt clean energy, says Sindicatum Sustainable Resources chief executive Assaad Razzouk.
Unless water resources are managed with extraordinary care, the consequences could be devastating, say Prince El Hassan bin Talal, distinguished member of the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace, and Sundeep Waslekar, president of Strategic Foresight Group.