UAE to get first green community
"There is nothing like this in the world. We are creating a synergetic environment, it is a true alternative energy cluster," says Masdar CEO, Sultan Al Jaber.
Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi will invest in the green future by building the world's first city targeting zero-carbon and zero-waste.
Masdar, the capital's $5 billion initiative, yesterday launched the world's first green and environment- friendly city in Abu Dhabi.
The new six square kilometre energy, science and technology community will open in late 2009.
The free zone development is a unique, integrated 'Green Community' in the heart of Abu Dhabi, which uses the traditional planning principles of a walled city, together with existing technologies to achieve a zero-carbon and zero-waste sustainable development.
"There is nothing like this in the world. We are creating a synergetic environment, it is a true alternative energy cluster. Here you will find researchers, students, scientists, business investment professionals, and policy makers all within the same community," said Masdar CEO, Sultan Al Jaber.
Ahmad Al Shorafa, the project's analyst, told Gulf News that Masdar will announce soon the details of the project that will contain a complete community beside Khalifa City and Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Rooted in a zero carbon ambition, the city will be car-free, powered by renewable energy with services digitally managed and providing real time information.
With a maximum distance of 200 metres to the nearest transport link and amenities, the network of streets will encourage walking and is complemented by a personalised rapid transport system.
Shaded walkways and narrow streets will create a pedestrian friendly environment in the context of Abu Dhabi's extreme climate.
Surrounding land will contain wind, photovoltaic farms, research fields and plantations, enabling the city to be self-sustaining.
The city will provide up to 1,500 companies with an attractive package of incentives, including a one-stop-shop programme of government services, transparent laws, 100 per cent foreign ownership, tax-free environment, intellectual property protection and proximity to nearby manufactures, suppliers and markets.