The effects of climate changes across the globe are clearly visible. The environmental impacts are obvious, and have long drawn attention to related health impacts: Increasing food and water insecurity, the prevalence of water- and vector-borne diseases, and our exposure to pollutants.
The result, no matter where one resides — rural or urban areas, developing or developed countries — climate change will adversely affect people's health. 

Within this article a few policy related aspects to include into climate-smart city planning are outlined, and link the reader forward to understand what can be done from the drawing board.

Value for Dubai

Dubai has a unique advantage when it comes to climate related regulations and policies: it is a city growing fast, converting empty land into living and commercial areas. Here lies a benefit the city and its planners can leverage to include sustainability, environmental and population's health related aspects into new policies and guidelines given to architects and landscapers.