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Juxtaposition: Opulent Resort Hosts Climate Summit in Dubai

An avenue leading to the Atlantis hotel on the Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai.

An avenue leading to the Atlantis hotel on the Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai.

Photographer: Kamran Jebreili/AP Photo

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Middle East is the most water-scarce region in the world, but participants at an upcoming climate summit in Dubai will be ensconced in a resort with one of the world’s largest water parks, complete with artificial lagoons, encounters with dolphins and a mesmerizing aquarium with sharks, sting rays and schools of fish.

It's a striking backdrop for a climate summit aimed at tackling lack of water and other pressing issues facing the region due in part to warming global temperatures from the very fossil fuels produced by Gulf Arab states and others. The Arabian Peninsula, where Dubai sits, is grappling with menacing sand storms, rising temperatures and dangerous humidity levels.