The Sustainable City is a modern application of social, economic and environmental sustainability in the built environment. Achieved through innovative design, stakeholder engagement and the planned future monitoring to sustain itself. This first operational Net Zero Energy City in Dubai is a game-changer for today’s progressive society and will be a pillar for creating tomorrow’s sustainable world as well as an international showcase for sustainable living, work, education, and recreation.
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The borders of The Sustainable City will act as the first line of defence against pollutants. With a remarkable 10-meter-high buffer zone running along the periphery of the development consisting of 2,500 trees scattered in multiple layers, purifying the air coming into the city will be a breeze.
The Sustainable City houses 500 villas grouped into five residential clusters, connected to an urban farm that runs the length of the City, each cluster is comprised of 90 Courtyard Villas, 8 Garden, and 2 Signature Villas. Each cluster is eloquently named after a different type of date palm tree – Lulu, Berhi, Hilali, Jabri and Khalas.
The L-shaped two-storey villas combine ergonomic superiority with contemporary to meet the highest environmental performance standards without compromising a charming living space. The third and top floors are equipped with a spacious roof terrace, much of which is shaded by the homes’ unobtrusive solar panels. This area is ideal for entertaining and relaxing, particularly in Dubai’s winter months.
A flourishing park runs through the entire length of The Sustainable City, forming the community’s Central Green Spine. There are 11 biodome greenhouses running the length of the Central Green Spine, with a total capacity of over 3,000 square metres for urban farming. The Sustainable City has begun cultivation and the plan is to diversify and grow as many fruits and vegetables as possible in these domes and throughout the green spine.
The Plaza is a 15,000-square meter mixed-use area located near the entrance of The Sustainable City. It’s comprised of five low-rise (ground plus three floors) blocs with shops, restaurants, cafes, offices and apartments available for lease ranging from studios to one- and two-bedrooms. The aim of the retail area is to provide sufficient services to the community to sustain their families whilst providing destination facilities to encourage other residents in the Dubailand area to utilize and thereby secure an additional income for the community that covers maintenance and operations.
The Sustainable City provides shaded car parks throughout the city. Each villa has two parking spaces shaded with solar panels plus additional spaces for communal electric buggies. The distance from the car parks to the villas ranges from 10 metres to 85 metres, which is the maximum walking distance from the Solar Car Park to the villas.
The solar shaded car parks will supply the electricity needed to power street lighting, electric vehicle charging stations, greywater treatment, and the urban farm – all for FREE, thereby helping the city achieve NET ZERO service charge.
The Sustainable City Equestrian Centre offers residents quality riding classes from three-years of age to adults up to the intermediate level. The centre will offer 30-minute lessons for beginners and 45-minute for intermediates, with 32 well-schooled Arabian, thoroughbred, and mix-breed horses.
With The Sustainable City Junior Innovation Center, Diamond Developers aims to create an informal educational environment that allows for schools in the UAE to take a different approach when educating students about the environmental issues that the world is facing. The Junior Innovation Center will be a unique and innovative experience centre with an intensive focus on sustainability and an exciting and diverse combination of indoor and outdoor hands-on activities and missions. This is all about getting children, young people, and adults to learn about new options and opportunities for the future.
Referred to as the brain of The Sustainable City, the Diamond Innovation Centre is the first Positive Energy Building in the region. This means that over an anticipated 50-year lifespan, the building itself will produce 140 percent of its energy requirement, thus offsetting emissions during construction, operation, and decommissioning. This iconic building will be off-grid and provide a state-of-the-art amphitheatre for 700 people, as well as a spacious atrium for exhibitions.
The school will set a standard for world-class education that integrates sustainability in all its forms (environmental, social, and economic) through high academic standards and innovative teaching practices. The school will follow a curriculum that will complement the progressive-minded sustainable model of The Sustainable City. The school will provide an education that instils a love of learning, an appreciation of ‘green living’, and at the same time develops well-rounded, globally-minded, creative problem solvers.
The Hotel Indigo in The Sustainable City will be a Net ZERO Energy building, powered 100% by solar energy.
The hotel architecture provides a low rise, unobtrusive design which nestles exquisitely within The Sustainable City’s lavish foliage. All waste water produced by the hotel will be recycled, and all material waste will be sorted at the source and recycled to meet the highest environmental, social, and commercial sustainability standards.
At The Sustainable City, health is not just the absence of disease but a holistic state of being with complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing. The rehabilitation facility will use this holistic approach for treatment. The Sustainable City Country Club will be a world-class wellness destination. It will serve residents and visitors and will be comprised of two main facilities: a 1,500-square meter Rehabilitation Centre and a 1,430-square meter Sports Complex.
The Sustainable City Mosque is accommodating up to 700 worshippers and integrates innovative design technologies to minimise energy and water consumption. This state-of-the-art mosque is well insulated to prevent thermal heat gain, fitted with LED lighting, and is cooled using high-efficiency AC systems.
The mosque is fitted with solar water heating systems and uses water-efficient fittings and fixtures. All water from the mosque’s ablution area is collected and treated using the city’s grey water treatment facility.
THE SUSTAINABLE CITY has been recognized as a unique and innovative project by many local, regional, and international organizations in 2016, collecting 10 awards in one year.