The emirate of Dubai requires that new buildings meet 75% of their water heating requirements by solar power. In case a swimming pool is included in the building footprint, 50% of its water heating requirements must be met by solar power.
The solar heating systems must be certified by the Dubai Central Laboratory Department. DSCE and Dubai government entities are moreover required to install solar water heaters in their existing buildings and premises. Abu Dhabi also requires solar water heaters for government-funded housing, and solar water heating can count toward fulfillment of the emirate’s mandatory Estidama green building code.