The specifics of its location and lack of fresh water makes the city unfit for agriculture. That's why food imports are such a considerable expense for the city.
To compensate for the lack of natural resources in the region, Italian architects from Studiomobile have developed the Seawater Vertical Farm project that utilises what few resources there are in the region to grow ecologically clean products.
70% of all freshwater in the world is used in agriculture but in many regions, there's an acute shortage. In areas with an abundance of the seawater, however, desalination provides a lifeline to agriculture. A lack of fertile soil and freshwater in Dubai make it the ideal place for seawater farms which enable an increase in domestic food production in the Emirates.
Based on the system of seawater greenhouses in Oman and Gran Canaria, Studiomobile's Vertical Seawater Farm uses salt water for cooling and moisturizing air in greenhouses while the sunlight transforms it into fresh water, giving life to thousands of plants. Compared to the majority of modern desalinating equipment, that use expensive and energy-consuming methods of boiling and pressurisation, a vertical seawater farm works passively, going through three desalination phases and making it possible to harvest plants all year long.