Diamond Developers announced that it had put the final touches on plans to develop the first sustainable city in Dubai propagating the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai. The project also stems from the mounting UAE trend to adopt an urban sustainable approach in its quest to become a world leader in global environmental protection.
Engineer Faris Saeed, Chairman of Diamond Developers and an influential member of the Dubai Real Estate Community which was founded by the Dubai Land Department said: “The announcement of the launch signifies the culmination of over three years of vigorous efforts to develop the first sustainable city in Dubai. The final concept is the product of in-depth studies and discussions carried out by Diamond Developers with international universities, experts and UN specialized organizations. The development will be instrumental in stamping the UAE’s fingerprint on the world map, for the progressive initiative and its meticulous attention to every detail.”
The city project is expected to meet the highest standards of sustainability requirements, including optimal use of land. The project will also respond to the population’s needs for electric power by harnessing solar energy, and to combat growing water shortages in the region, waste and sewage water will be treated and recycled for irrigation purposes. The city will also adopt several initiatives to reduce carbon emissions by more than 75% and the city will be 100% free of waste due to a fully integrated waste treatment system. Residents of the community can enjoy a sustainable transport system that constitutes of solar energy powered vehicles and horses.
“Green areas account for 70% of the total area and include gardens and farms engineered to produce organic food products for the nutritional requirements of the population. There will also be a solar energy farm and a green belt of 100,000 qaaf and palm trees, stretching along 8 kilometers in and around the city, that will be able to accommodate 2,500 families”, added Saeed.
The city will include various essential facilities, such as a mosque, hospital, school a and multi-use complex. The residential community reflects the architectural identity and heritage of the UAE integrated into sustainable design. The project will also feature a unified complex for various government departments and a university to teach sustainable environmental sciences at its three faculties. Housing facilities will be available for students who are eager to obtain a recognized Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in cooperation with a prominent world university.
“The city can accommodate 10,000 residents, students and employees. Infrastructure and landscaping works will commence during the second half of this year on an area of eight million square feet, and the built-up area will not exceed five million square feet. The sustainable city will also host a resort of 143 rooms where guests can expect a unique living encounter as they witness sustainable environmental practices first-hand. The experience will include environment-friendly products, organic foods and a sustainable transport system on horseback”, Saeed noted.
The revolutionary project will be completed through four phases; the first will be complete in 2013 with each of the three remaining stages finalized over consecutive years. The project will be ready in 2016.