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The first of its kind in the Middle East, The Sustainable City in Dubai sets the benchmark for sustainable living and serves as a model for others to follow.

August 2015

Whilst a large part of The Sustainable City (TSC) is still under construction, it’s not hard to imagine how green and lush the Middle East’s first of its kind sustainable residential community will be once it has been injected with life and the 10,000 planned trees are planted.

Once through the entrance of TSC on Al Qudra Road in Dubailand, you’ll straight away notice the difference to ‘conventional’ communities in Dubai: The main ring road which leads around the five clusters is hemmed by trees and plants. On the outer side of the road there is a horse track whilst the inner side, in front of the villas, is lined by a jogging track. A green spine runs through the centre of the development, including a three hectare community farm, accommodating 3,500 square metres of biodome greenhouses for growing fruits, herbs and vegetables. Over 50 percent of TSC will consist of parks and landscaped open spaces and is ready to welcome its first residents in September this year.

For Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers, the company behind the project, it was about time a ‘green community’ was finally brought to Dubai.

“Our age has become defined as being one of huge consumption of resources and an increasing recognition that this is something that is unsustainable. The latest edition of the Living Planet Report stated that in a world where so many people live in poverty, it may appear as though protecting nature is a luxury, but that in fact the opposite is the case. For many of the world’s poorest people sustainability is a lifeline. We all need nutritious food, fresh water and clean air wherever in the world we live. We are all connected and collectively, we have the potential to create the solutions that will safeguard the future of our planet,” Saeed says.

According to Saeed, sustainable housing concepts are particularly important for this part of the world as the Middle East is home to rapidly developing cities which are major users of resources and require huge amounts of energy and materials as they grow. Ultimately, this realisation was the impetus for Diamond Developers to create The Sustainable City, Saeed says; “a development designed to showcase what can be achieved through communal living underpinned by the three key elements of sustainability: economic, environmental and social.

Sustainability concept

With 46 hectares and a population of 2,700 residents to be, the AED 1.2 billion green neighbourhood project comprises of various land uses such as residential, commercial, educational, urban farming, leisure, healthcare and a Center of Excellence. It is also the first Net Zero service and maintenance fees city in Dubai. TSC applies the standards of Dubai Municipality green building codes, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

Furthermore, TSC meets and exceeds international sustainability standards and is being shaped in accordance with Dubai’s Green Economy Vision. “Government departments have been extremely supportive of ecological initiatives geared around sustainability. Diamond Developers has launched The Sustainable City with full support from the Dubai Land Department and is thrilled to be one of the first organisations to turn the vision of sustainable living in Dubai into a reality.”

Phase 1 of The Sustainable City comprises five residential clusters of 100 villas, a community mall, a central green spine, an Equestrian Centre, horse, bicycle, walking and jogging tracks and all project infrastructural works. Phase 2 comprises an eco-resort, a country club, a green school, a science museum and The Sustainability Centre of Excellence. The second phase is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.

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