The UAE and Dubai have made several strides towards sustainability and in recent years Circular Economy started to be recognised in the region. It is crucial to understand that Circular Economy is not only connected to recycling municipal waste. Circular Economy is a strategy that intends to be implemented as a business model across all industries through technological advancements. First, a conceptual and theoretical framework is developed through data analytics to indicates what are the barriers that slows any economy form implementing Circular Economy, how can Circular Economy strategy be developed in Dubai through implementing technological advancements. Secondly, a wide range of selected Circular Economy literature reviews helped in identifying advantages, strategies and implementation plans ranging from international and regional published reports. Missing data points related to Circular Economy strategy, policy and legislation in Dubai were faced while building the research methodology framework. To strengthen the research methodology a framework was built. Starting by collecting relevant Circular Economy data points from a hackathon, conducting a survey and selecting a set of published reports. Then the dataset was cleaned and prepared for data modelling where a machine learning algorithm for unsupervised data set was created, natural language processing, python and IBM Watson Discovery. Finally processing and analysing the data results of the hackathon, survey and reports were linked with the four barriers resulting in a set of twenty-five recommended initiatives linked with Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 aims.

Publication Date

Fall 2020

Document Type

Master's Project

Student Type


Degree Name

Professional Studies (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Graduate Programs & Research (Dubai)


Sanjay Modak

Advisor/Committee Member

Hammou Messatfa


RIT Dubai