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ISLAND LIVING TURNS ECO-CONSCIOUS IN RAK

Falcon Island in Ras Al Khaimah combines luxury, technology and green space to create an eco-conscious way of life.

October 2015

Embedded in a natural lagoon in Ras Al Khaimah, Falcon Island is a 2.2 million square foot island community that is being touted as the emirate’s answer to The Palm Jumeirah.

While more affordable than The Palm, Falcon Island is designed to incorporate luxury and eco-conscious living. The community will offer 150 upscale residences, with branded interior along with private beach access, landscaped green spaces, a golf course, a solar bridge, five star hotel and waterfront views. Sustainability will work in tandem with smart home technology, which will be a central feature of life on the island.

Once completed in 2017, the AED 1 billion development will be vying for Platinum ranking in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED is a global set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods.

With news that phase one of the project recently sold out, Ras Al Khaimah is showing signs that it can also offer both sustainable and luxurious living in the UAE.

ECO-ISLAND LIVING

“The environmental footprint of Falcon Island has been carefully considered. Our ongoing efforts highlight the strong emphasis placed on ensuring that we grow and develop our offering in tandem with the UAE’s commitment to growing its sustainable economy; as well as to create a safe, healthy, and clean place to live in the Middle East. The long-term benefits aren’t only felt in the environment, they are also felt on the pocket,” says Barry Ebrahimy, Head of Commercial, Al Hamra Real Estate Development.

Each of the four styles of residences on Falcon Island has been built with the goal of obtaining LEED Platinum certification upon completion.

“The villas are strategically sited across the entire island in order to maximise personal privacy, take advantage of the stunning views and available amenities, which include white sand beaches, a landscaped park with a central fountain and the community’s majestic canal that winds its way through the centre of the development,” says Ebrahimy.

For the developers an important part of sustainability is ensuring that smart technology is integrated from the start in each villa. “Technological innovation comes as standard, this includes a dedicated solar technology system that will power every villa on the island to support our sustainability vision as well as reduce householder utilities costs,” says Ebrahimy.

As a result each residence is equipped with smart technology that enables homeowners to control acoustics and lighting – thereby reducing and controlling the amount of energy used in a home.

All homes have also been designed using renewable resources and natural materials where possible. Ebrahimy says that plans are underway to implement measures to reduce pollution and manage waste, which will result in lower maintenance costs and energy consumption.

Falcon Island offers three types of stock – canal homes, located next to the island’s central canal and close distance to Falcon Bridge; beach homes located on the outer perimeter near the beach; park homes, part of a secluded area overlooking the island’s parks and close to all aqua-themed amenities and finally mansions, which include 11 limited edition homes.

The starting price for beach and canal villas has been set at AED 5.7 million, for phase two of the development, which the developer recently launched at Cityscape Global in September.

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