Work to start in July on Dubai Sustainable City
The first villas in Dubai’s new Sustainable City will be delivered by the end of 2014, khaleejtimes.com reports.
According to Diamond Developers, construction will start in July on the initial ‘cluster’ of 100 villas and townhouses. The entire project, which will comprise 500 residences, should be competed in mid-2015.
70% of the project will be dedicated to green developments
Situated close to the Al Qudra Road and Emirates Road intersection, the development will become Dubai’s first sustainable city and at least 70 per cent of the project will be dedicated to green developments.
Among the facilities to be built – naturally, using sustainable construction methods – are a shopping mall, school, environmental sciences university, commercial centre and a luxury hotel resort with a ‘world-class natural spa’. Residents will own a share in the shopping mall, revenues from which will be used to offset annual maintenance costs.
To attract the tourists, the city will also boast a Planetarium and amphitheatre for open air events.
Car-free zone and solar-powered golf carts for each house
Diamond Development chief executive Faris Saeed explained some of the greener features:
“The mixed-use project will have a car-free zone and solar-powered golf carts for each house. The green initiatives at the development will not only help reduce carbon emissions, but also save energy through insulated walls at villas and townhouses.”
The announcement was made at the International Property Show, which was opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, United Arab Emirates vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai.
The show also focused on other sustainability issues, gulfnews.com writes, with Dubai Land Department launching a sustainability conference to share new certification and criteria which has been established for the building of sustainable structures.
Author: Elizabeth Smythe Date Written: 21 May 2013