Joining the roster of celebrities spied in the Emirates this year, is Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio who was photographed in Dubai over the weekend. Reportedly staying at the One & Only Royal Mirage, the film star was in the UAE to see The Sustainable City, a new development on the outskirts of Al Quadra that boasts an impressive community of homes, recreational and work areas built with environmentally-conscious values in mind. Spotted wearing his trademark newsboy hat and sunglasses, DiCaprio was given a private tour of the facilites via golf buggy with some of the project's founders.
A known environmentalist, the 42-year-old would have been impressed with smart additions to the residential area like a buffer of 2,500 trees around the circumference of the houses help purify the air against pollutants, 11 biodome greenhouses to encourage a culture of urban farming and the award-winning Hotel Indigo, powered by 100% solar power.
A passionate advocate of climate change and environmental preservation, when delivering his long-awaited acceptance speech at last year's Oscars ceremony the U.N Messenger of Peace for the Climate used the platform to highlight the causes he is most passionate about. "Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating." The actor also megred his passions for film and activism last year by co-producing the critically acclaimed documentary Before The Flood for National Geographic on the current and future status of the world's climate and how it will be affected by rising temperatures and sea levels, commenting"Clean air, water and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. Solving this crisis is not a question of politics it is a question of our own survival."
After his fleeting 48 hour stop, Leo, who was not joined by current girlfriend, 24-year-old Victoria's Secret model Nina Agdal, then jetted to the famous Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, where he was seen buying equipment and clothing in preparation for a gorilla trekking trip, no doubt also part of his vast conservation efforts.