Trying to be green in the desert
12 October 2013 Last updated at 16:17 BST
Cities in desert locations - such as Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait - take a bigger toll on the environment than those elsewhere.
The air conditioning alone requires a huge amount of power - but that has not stopped some people trying to be environmentally friendly.
Desley Humphrey visited The Change Initiative - a company that has won awards for being green.