Minister of Infrastructure Development visits Dubai Sustainable City

09 March 2017

Minister of Infrastructure Development, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi today visited The Sustainable City, region’s first sustainable and integrated project and the first residential project in Dubai that produces clean energy.

The tour to the city included a special preview on the first ever complete model of the Sustainable City which will be showcased at the Future Cities Show 2017 from 2nd to 4th April in Dubai World Trade Centre.

Dr. Al Nuaimi was accompanied by Jamila Al Fandi, General Manager of Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, Dr. Abdullah Salem Al Katheeri, Director General, Federal Transport Authority - Land and Maritime, Faris Saeed, CEO at Diamond Developers, the Developer of the Sustainable City and a number of top CEO’s of leading companies operating in the field of sustainability along with media representatives.

Al Nuaimi stated that the ministry, being the executive arm of the UAE government, is always keen to explore the future of sustainability, by starting new initiatives that help sustainability and enhance creative ideas in this field. "Ministry is keen to support the UAE strategy especially in terms of ensuring a green economy and green infrastructure while developing the infrastructure projects in the UAE," he said.

"The ministry is also keen to adopt all the initiatives that help support sustainability and green buildings as it has introduced new initiatives such as launching projects pertaining to charging the electronic cars in the government buildings, and the vehicles rest stops on highways, and the residential complexes. These initiatives are part of the initiatives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and of Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme. Also, the ministry started the electric autos project," Al Nuaimi added.

The Future Cities Show objectives come in line with the innovative strategies launched in Dubai by Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, such as Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. The show also contributes to UAE vision 2021 and the UAE national agenda.

"We are honoured to welcome Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi and other delegates in the Sustainable City. This project works to achieve our futuristic ambitions that we inspire from by the far-sighted vision of our wise leadership. With great pleasure, we intend to share our educational resources and practical expertise with all those who can contribute in developing the green economyand sustainable development. Since, we look at our successes as part of the UAE’s achievements, it is our goal to see Dubai as one of the most sustainable cities in the world," added Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developer, the developer of the Sustainable City.

During his tour, Dr. Abdullah Al Nuaimi inspected the complete model of Sustainable City, where he learnt about prominent strategies and innovative ideas that have been implemented and incorporated for the development of the project.

Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water of Resources of Singapore, visits The Sustainable City

14 February 2017

His Excellency Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water of Resources of Singapore, visited The Sustainable City – the first Net Zero Energy city in Dubai and the Middle East’s first operational sustainable community.

The Ministry party was led by His Excellency Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, who was joined by HE Samuel Tan, Ambassador of Singapore to the UAE and other delegations from the ministry and representatives from the National Environment Agency in Singapore. The group’s visit included a tour around the residential clusters, the green spine, and the sustainable plaza.

Faris Saeed, Engineer and CEO at Diamond Developers – the real-estate company behind the Sustainable City – said: “We are honoured to welcome His Excellency Mr. Masagos Zulkifli to our city. We hope that this visit helps us exchange solutions and practices contributing towards sustainable developments, that are capable of dealing with climate change without wasting natural resources or impacting quality of life”

The Sustainable City has welcomed a number of official delegations from a number of different countries to observe a unique experience, including academic representatives and delegations from the UN. These visits aim to address opportunities that support the city’s goals to cope with climate change, and continue to promote the development of sustainability in conjunction with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Sustainable City welcomes the Emirates Electric Vehicle Road Trip from its first journey across the Middle East

02 February 2017

Home of clean energy celebrates with EV owners and fans, to drive the UAE towards a sustainable and low carbon future

The Sustainable City (TSC) – the first Net Zero Energy city in Dubai and the Middle East’s first operational sustainable community – yesterday welcomed the first Emirates Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) from its epic journey across the UAE.

The four-day EVRT began at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab on Monday 29th January, and drew to a close on Wednesday 1st February with a Grand Finale at The Sustainable City. EVRT saw a convoy of over 10 electric vehicles cover 700km of terrain across the seven Emirates, showcasing the best of electric vehicle (EV) technology and supporting the region’s clean-tech innovations. In its role as gold sponsor for the event, The Sustainable City cheered the EV fleet across the finish line, including state-of-the-art Tesla models, the Renault Zoe and a Volkswagen Retrofitted Electric Car.

Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers – the real estate company behind TSC – commented: “The Sustainable City is completely aligned with Dubai’s Green Economy Vision and UAE Vision 2021, and we have made great efforts to accelerate electric vehicle adoption and encourage the transition to a sustainable and low carbon future. We have introduced electric cars for residents, which can be recharged at stations throughout the city, provide ease of transport within TSC, and ensure zero carb emissions. As an owner of a Tesla vehicle myself, I am keen to share the numerous benefits of electric vehicles with TSC residents.”

The EVRT Grand Finale included a full-day of electric vehicle activities, including workshops, a conference attended by over 150 delegates, and a parade where UAE electric vehicle owners joined the main convoy and showcased more innovative cars. A tour of The Sustainable City also offered attendees a glimpse into the world’s leading sustainable development.

H.E Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, visits The Sustainable City

28 January 2017

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 28 2017: His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, visited The Sustainable City – the first Net Zero Energy city in Dubai and the Middle East’s first operational sustainable community.

The Ministry party was led by His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, who was joined by other top management representatives. The group’s visit was focused primarily on strengthening partnership ties between the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and The Sustainable City, and follows the recent World Future Energy Summit, which took place in Abu Dhabi from the 16th to 19th January 2017.

Faris Saeed, Engineer and CEO at Diamond Developers – the real-estate company behind the Sustainable City – said: “We are honoured to welcome His Excellency Thani Al Zeyoudi to our city, and it has been enlightening for us to discuss ways of building closer ties and exchanging examples of best practice. It has also been highly advantageous to share experiences about green cities and climate change, and explore strategies for enhancing the environment and protecting our precious natural resources.”

The delegates’ tour of the city explored the smart design of the villas, including cutting-edge energy-saving solutions such as insulating materials, solar water heaters, and energy-saving home appliances and lighting. All these features contribute towards reducing energy consumption by up to 50% in each villa. A variety of sustainable solutions were also demonstrated to the delegates, including the city’s contribution towards separation of grey and black water and recycling of grey water for community irrigation. The Green Area, used for agriculture and sustainable transportation within the city, helps align our efforts in ensuring sustainable commitment.

The Sustainable City to Showcase Sustainable Commitment During World Future Energy Summit 2017

19 January 2017

Dubai, UAE, January 9, 2017: The Sustainable City - the first Net Zero Energy city in Dubai and Middle East’s first operational sustainable community – readies itself for the 10th edition of the World Future Energy Summit 2017 (WFES) for the second consecutive year. The summit will be held in at the ADNEC in Abu Dhabi from the 16th till the 19th January 2017.

The Sustainable City, comprising of 500 villas in five residential clusters, has around 1000 residents with more than 250 villas already occupied. The city, participating as a platinum sponsor, aims to highlight its latest innovations during the Summit, across their three-hundred-meter stand, which brings together local and global leaders in science, academics, policy, technology and business to showcase the region’s first tangible steps in sustainable living.

Faris Saeed, CEO at Diamond Developers the real-estate company behind the Sustainable City, said: "We are honored to be participating for the second consecutive year at The World Future Energy Summit. The summit is dedicated to advancing future energy, clean technologies and energy efficiency, and our involvement is in line with our commitment to global efforts aimed at achieving sustainable development”.

Highlighting The Sustainable City’s efforts in ensuring sustainable commitment, Saeed added: “Long before the term sustainability was introduced, we had been placing sustainable development at the top of our agenda. Aligning itself with Dubai’s Green Economy Vision, The Sustainable City was specifically designed to focus on the three pillars of sustainability; economic, environment and social. It has adopted many initiatives in this regard and made tremendous efforts toward the consolidation of sustainable development”.

Aligning with Dubai’s Green Economy Vision and UAE Vision 2021, The Sustainable City announces their plans to commence construction on the second phase of their project. With the construction of the first Net Zero Energy Hotel building in Dubai, the first Green School powered by solar energy, and The Diamond Innovation Center, that produces 140% of its own energy, which will be introduced as the first negative lifecycle footprint building in the region.

The Sustainable City Receives Recognition as The Best Residential Project in the Middle East

18 December 2016

Diamond Developers receives global accolades for their project development at the International Property Awards 2016

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 December 2016: The Sustainable City - the Middle East’s first operational sustainable development located in Dubai - received the ‘Best Residential Development Arabia’ and ‘Best Residential Property Arabia’ in the Middle East during the world-renowned International Property Awards 2016. The prestigious accolade was presented during a gala dinner and winners’ ceremony held at The Savoy, London. This award comes fresh after the project won best ‘Residential Development’ and best ‘Residential Property’ in Dubai accolades at the Arabian Property Awards 2016.

Diamond Developers, the real estate company behind The Sustainable City, was represented by Mr. Wassim Adlouni, Executive Director - who received the honour on behalf of the company. Collecting the award was a moment of pride for Diamond Developers, and certified the great progress that has already been made towards sustainable communities and residential developments in the Arab world.

Spread over five million square feet, The Sustainable City has a focus on three elements of sustainability; economic, environment and social. The community comprises of five residential clusters of 100 villas each that feature efficient home design and use of eco-friendly building materials. Each of the residential units is painted using UV reflective paints to decrease temperatures by reflecting Sun rays resulting in a 50% decrease in electricity bills.

The villas are also installed with solar shaded rooftop, smart energy efficient air conditioning systems with humidity controls, energy-star home appliances, high efficiency HVAC control (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning), solar water heaters, LED lighting, water efficient fixtures, faucets & appliances that results in water decrease consumption by 40%, and 100% recycling of wastewater using separate grey & black water drainage networks.

The accolade will encourage the organisation to increase their essential contributions towards the Dubai government’s flagship sustainability initiatives, as the Emirate aims to become one of the top ten sustainable cities in the world by Expo 2020.

The Sustainable City has also received the ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ at the Construction Week Awards 2016 - held recently at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai which recognises and rewards individual and corporate excellence in the field.

Diamond Developers Announces PhD Fellowship Program in Sustainability Studies in partnership with the University of California Davis

18 October 2016

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 2016 ,01 : Diamond Developers announced today a PhD Fellowship program in Sustainability Studies in partnership with the University California Davis (UC Davis), one of the premier research Universities in the United States. The program will provide the opportunity to some of the brightest minds from across the Arab world to carry out valuable research in sustainability topics. The Diamond Developers Fellowship Program will select up to 50 students from the Middle East, selected candidates need to be accepted in a doctor of philosophy degree program at UC Davis in disciplines relevant to sustainability and economic/social development of Arab countries. Examples include, but are notlimited to, agriculture, water, energy, biochemistry, or social science disciplines with a focus on sustainability and sustainable development. Students will also have the option to carry out part of their research at The Sustainable City in Dubai.

EWS Signs a Partnership Agreement with Diamond Developers

12 July 2016

The Sustainable City In Dubai Partners With Emirates Wildlife Society – World Wildlife Fund.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 April 2016 : Diamond Developers, The Company Diamond Developers, The Company Today Launched A Partnership To Tackle Climate Change And Promote Energy Conservation & Solar Power.

In Line With The Partnership, Diamond Developers Will Support Ews-wwf’s Climate And Energy Programme For The Next Three Years. Ews-wwf Will Relocate Its Dubai Offices To Sustainable City And Support The Development’s Sustainability Performance Through Monitoring, Reporting And Verifying Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

The Sustainable City officially adopts clean energy production with the approval of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

11 July 2016

The Sustainable City in Dubai began running the city using ‘Solar Power Panels’ to produce clean energy. It is now the first residential project to produce clean energy for its five residential clusters of 100 villas each, in addition to other amenities. The implementation of the solar panels is to simplify utilizing facilities to serve the large number of families that have already occupied the residency.

Commenting on the announcement, the main contractor for all energy production at the city and approved by DEWA, Anwar Zebn CEO at City Solar: “We have installed 12% of the solar panels, that will increase the number to 40 thousand panels distributed on each villa, building and parking, to produce up to 10 megawatts of power at the end of the operating business. The current production of energy will reach nearly 1.2 MW, to be stored by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, which can be used to run more than 200 villas with clean renewable energy. The energy produced hourly per year will be equivalent to 2000 megawatt, which will contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions by a thousand tonnes per year. “

“The smart design of the villa along with the application of energy-saving solutions, such as insulating materials, heat reflectors and solar water heaters, will all contribute to reduce the proportion of energy consumption up to 50% in each villa, and other negative effects on the environment. This also includes household equipment such as refrigerators, washing machines and lightings.”

This step comes in line with Dubai’s sustainable city strategy which aims to provide 7% of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020, and 25% by 2030 and 75% by the year 2050.

The Sustainable City has broadened its spectrum to utilize integrated and sustainable solution concepts, including separating gray and black water, and re-refining grey water for community irrigation. In addition, the city is also preparing to launch a city mosque and a community mall, which will provide retail shops, medical shops and social services to all its visitors and residents.

The Sustainable City welcomes Dubai Properties delegation

19 May 2016

A delegation from Dubai Properties (DP) visited ‘The Sustainable City’ (TSC) – the region’s first fully integrated and operational sustainable community – in Dubai this week.

The DP party was led by HE Mohammed Al Habbai, Chief Officer for Urban Planning and Infrastructure of Dubai Properties and other top management representatives and their visit focused primarily on strengthening partnership ties between Dubai Properties and Diamond Developers.

In welcoming the DP delegation, Engineer Faris Saeed, the CEO and Co-Founder of Diamond Developers, stressed that The Sustainable City’s innovative concept, unique components and state-of-the-art facilities are considered a world first. The project is also in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.

Commenting on the occasion, Faris Saeed said: “We’re honoured to welcome HE Mohammed Al Habbai to The Sustainable City. We took the opportunity to discuss with them how establishing a development such as this one is in accordance with the green vision of the city of Dubai and helps to lower its carbon footprint, with zero emissions and a 50% reduction in electricity among its many environmentally friendly features. Our thanks go to them for their visit today and we appreciate their sterling support now and in the future.”

“We’re pleased to have been invited to see the development of The Sustainable City – the first sustainability project in Dubai focused on the green economy. We endorse – and will support – this unique project, which is a blueprint for sustainable living globally, thereby assuring Dubai of its place as the leader in the field of sustainability worldwide,” said Mohammed Al Habbai.

The Sustainable City awarded ‘Green Residential Building ’ accolade at EmiratesGBC 2016 Awards

19 May 2016

The Sustainable City – the region’s first fully integrated sustainable community in Dubai – has won the ‘Green Residential Building’ accolade in the ‘Green Building of the Year’ category at the Emirates Green Building Council 2016 Awards.

Attended by Terri Wills, CEO at World Green Building Council, and representatives of the MENA Green Building Council Network, the awards ceremony and gala dinner were held last night at the Murooj Rotana Hotel in Dubai.

Diamond Developers representatives Faris Saeed, CEO, and Wassim Adlouni, Executive Director, received the accolade on behalf of the company at the event.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be recognized by the Emirates Green Building Council for the implementation of The Sustainable City. We are committed to supporting the Dubai government’s green economy initiatives and continually aim to be leaders in sustainable communities and residential developments,” said Faris Saeed.

Identifying and recognizing organizations for innovative and outstanding sustainable building principles and practices, the Emirates GBC Awards Programme honors companies that demonstrate clear implementation of sustainable design, construction or operation of buildings and structures.

MD & CEO of DEWA visits Dubai Sustainable City

25 April 2016

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), visited Dubai Sustainable City, to learn about several of the city’s projects. Dubai Sustainable City is the first real estate project in Dubai that focuses on the economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainability. The city features a host of initiatives to conserve resources, including energy-efficient housing designs and eco-friendly building materials. During his visit, Al Tayer was accompanied by Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA, and Ahmed Abdullah, Senior Manager of External Communications.

Al Tayer looked at different residential villas at the project, toured the city, and explored the barjeels, which have been built among each of the five communities in the city. Al Tayer also viewed the farm that was built as part of the project to grow fruits and vegetables, meeting the needs of the city. Al Tayer was also shown the 11 biodomes that were built to produce herbs, as well as sports facilities across the city, including football and basketball courts, a horse race track, a bicycle track, a running track, and other sport facilities as well as electric vehicle charging stations.

“DEWA supports the long-term national Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to build a green economy in the UAE. DEWA’s vision is to ensure the Emirate’s continuous growth and, at the same time, protect its natural resources and shape the future of energy in the region as a whole, to achieve sustainable development and promote the welfare of citizens, residents, and visitors, and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. Dubai Sustainable City enhances Dubai’s international position, making it a global pioneer for sustainability, competitiveness, and green economy,” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer commended the city on its projects, which support DEWA’s vision by distributing electric vehicle charging stations among the city’s parking facilities. Al Tayer noted that DEWA has started installing and managing the required infrastructure to power electric vehicles, as part of its EV Green Charger initiative. This supports the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform Dubai in the smartest city in the world. DEWA recognises that more and more people are attracted to the concept of using a cost-efficient, clean car that preserves a clean and sustainable environment. DEWA installs and manages the required infrastructure to supply cars with electric power, to decrease air pollution and preserve the environment.

Al Tayer also noted that DEWA has developed a comprehensive Smart Grid strategy and aligned its corporate strategy with the Smart Dubai initiative. DEWA is currently implementing three major initiatives: Shams Dubai, smart applications and smart meters, and Green Charger. The Green Charger initiative substantially contributes to introducing electric vehicles to Dubai, boosting the use of energy resources and reducing the Emirate’s carbon footprint. “We are honoured by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer’s visit to Dubai Sustainable City. The visit proved fruitful for both sides as we discussed enhancing relations and exchanging best practices and experiences in regard to smart and green cities and the reduction of carbon emissions. Dubai Sustainable City has created a platform by which Dubai’s real estate sustainability standard can be applied. These standards were created by Dubai Land Department and Dubai Municipality. The new city reflects the private sector’s commitment to carrying out the directives of the UAE, and of Dubai in particular, to support the UAE’s Green Growth Strategy,” said Faris Saeed, CEO and Co-Founder of Diamond Developers.

Dubai Sustainable City is the region’s first fully-integrated sustainable community. Every aspect of the development has been designed to economically benefit residents, from its revenue-sharing schemes, and net zero service fees, to its wealth of employment opportunities. The Sustainable City places a priority on nature, green spaces, health, education and recreational activities, with an emphasis on nurturing a sustainable lifestyle that is allied to a strong sense of community. It spreads over five million square feet, and is located in Dubai Land on the Al Qudra Road.

International Delegation Visits The Sustainable City

26 March 2016

‘The Sustainable City,’ the region’s first fully integrated and operational sustainable community in Dubai, recently welcomed international diplomats to witness its final stage progress of Phase One, its unique facilities and components – many of which are considered a world first – and view its achievements and the innovative aspect of the city.

The development comprises a five-cluster residential complex, with each cluster featuring a central wind tower, solar-shaded parking lots, pedestrianised streets, banks, clinics, a communal area, five playgrounds and a mosque. Meanwhile, among the development’s other advantages and attractions will be a grass amphitheatre for hosting events, a planetarium and the first-ever eco resort in the region. There will also be a ‘Green School’ from kindergarten to grade six, as well as a Diamond Innovation Center – a major education base and knowledge resource – where advanced research into environmental living will take place.

Phase One of the project involved the construction of biodome greenhouses in the central spine of this eco-friendly concept and a community mall, as well as an equestrian centre and cycling and jogging tracks. Commenting on the occasion, Engineer Faris Saeed, CEO and founder of Diamond Developers, commented: “We’re thrilled to have showcased our latest innovations, which are also aligned with Dubai’s Green Economy vision, to our distinguished guests. Dubai is a prime location for sustainable living owing to a multitude of economic, environmental and social initiatives. More than 50 families have moved in already and we are expecting even more to do so by Q3 of this calendar year. We very much look forward to welcoming more families and visitors in due course.”

Wassim Adlouni, Co-Founder of Diamond Developers, said: “The tour was mainly to explore the different components of the Sustainable City. Our tenants will enjoy the benefits of our internal urban farm, where they will be receiving fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables from the 11 biodome greenhouses across the central farm. We also demonstrated the seven key environmental elements of the project, including 100 per cent wastewater recycling for non-productive and productive re-usage, waste-sorting at source and recycling programmes and solar powered transportation systems for internal and external use. We’re committed to reducing our utilised carbon footprint and minimizing the negative environmental impacts in line with the green objectives of the government of Dubai.”

The delegation comprised of 11 diplomats from eight major embassies and consulates based here in the UAE, including: Alastair Long (from the British Embassy), Cheong Ming Foong (from the Consulate of Singapore), HE Bogdan Kolarov and Dimitar Dimitrov (from the Consulate of Bulgaria), Ahmad Faiz Bin Ab. Nasir and Shahid Bin Abu Bakar (from the Consulate of Malaysia), Kamlesh Prakash (from the Fijian Embassy), Donrawee Waranon and Salynn Phudtapitug (from the Consulate of Thailand), Charitha Yattogoda (from the Consulate of Sri Lanka) and Giovanni E Palec (from the Consulate of the Philippines). Dr Tariq Nizami, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Clubs Network, was also among the attendees.

The delegates expressed their admiration of the concept and were impressed to see how all of the elements were integrated together in harmony.

GIFA’s Technical Tour in The Sustainable City

20 Feb 2016

Diamond Developers’ technical tour of its pioneering project, The Sustainable City in Dubai, took center stage as the main attraction at this year’s Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) earlier this week. The opening of the project at The Sustainable City stand drew a record number of visitors, amongst which His Excellency Dr. Thani Al Zyoodi, Dubai’s Climate Change and Environment Minister, was in attendance.

Diamond Developers conducted the tour in the presence of over 50 international delegates after being specially selected as the exclusive presenters. With the help of the latest technologies, visitors were given a tour of what life will be like in the remarkable Sustainable City’s villas and were guided through its extensive self-sustaining greenhouses and Biodomes. Faris Saeed, CEO and Co-Founder of Diamond Developers, said, “Our technical tour of The Sustainable City at this year’s Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has resulted in interested visitors from all over the world flocking to the stand,” adding, “We showcased our state-of-the-art concept to a crowd of visitors, some of who were astonished that the city exists and people are already living in it. This was only a dream for many people, but through this project we are turning that dream into a reality and showing our community that Dubai’s commitment to green living is real and achievable.”

The Sustainable City in Dubai is being designed to meet the highest environmental standards by adopting a sustainable approach in its quest to become a regional landmark for eco-tourism and global environmental protection. The development promotes the idea of urban agriculture with the inclusion of a 3 hectare farm running across the City’s central spine, complete with its own Biodomes and charging stations for electric cars and golf carts.

“We would like to thank the organizers ADNEC for this incredible opportunity to showcase The Sustainable City to the world,” Faris noted. “We are excited to be a part of this pioneering project, and honored to have been selected to provide this years technical tour. Through this event, we had the chance to unveil the progress we have made towards creating a world-class, integrated, sustainable community in Dubai.”

The Sustainable City Pulls in the Crowds at World Future Energy Summit 2016

20 Jan 2016

The Sustainable City, the region’s first active fully integrated sustainable community, is proving a big draw for visitors at The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), which is currently underway at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Launched onto the market by Diamond Developers in 2014, The Sustainable City welcomed its first tenants in November last year, with the inaugural residents forming the vanguard of what is a new paradigm of sustainable living in the region.

‘Diamond Developers is proud to be the first real estate developer in the Middle East and Gulf region to have turned a dream of sustainable living into a reality. The launch of The Sustainable City and the welcoming of its first residents who are making their home there is the fruition of years of conception, planning and development. The Sustainable City represents a new model of living and has brought the future to the present with the creation of a community that has respect for natural resources, priorities the minimising of waste and harnesses the power of renewable energy,” said Faris Saeed, CEO and Co-Founder, Diamond Developers.

Diamond Developer’s stand at WFES, which runs for four days until January 21, is pulling in hundreds of visitors keen to know more about The Sustainable City’s wealth of unique features that have been designed to offer a high standard of living for its residents. Multiple screens are showcasing a 3D video of the community, with the interactive displays complementing a model of how the city will look once it is completed at the end of the year.

Also on display at Diamond Developer’s WFES stand was the biodome- a greenhouses for residents to use to produce organic food and two of The Sustainable City’s electric carts that are the only form of powered transport permitted inside its environs. Diamond Developers’ representatives at the exhibition have been busy explaining to visitors the many benefits of the carts, which are recharged at special stations throughout the city. In addition to offering a free and convenient method of getting around the community, the non-emission electric carts ensure a higher standard of air quality for residents. Spread over five million square feet, The Sustainable City has been designed to focus on three elements of sustainability; economic, environment and social. It features a raft of initiatives to both conserve resources and save money, including energy efficient home design and use of eco-friendly building materials. Every aspect of the development has been designed to benefit residents economically, from its revenue-sharing scheme’s net zero service fees to its wealth of employment opportunities. The Sustainable City places a priority on nature, green spaces, health, education and recreational activities, with the emphasis on nurturing a sustainable lifestyle that is allied to a strong sense of community.

“Diamond Developer’s commitment to pursuing a vision of sustainable living has led to the region’s first tangible offering – The Sustainable City. We are delighted to have the opportunity to present to a wide audience at WFES 2016 the incredible array of benefits that being part of such a community offers,” added Saeed.

The Sustainable City Welcomes its First Residents

12 Jan 2016

Diamond Developers has announced a major step forward for sustainability in the region. The constructor of The Sustainable City – the region’s first fully integrated sustainable community – has officially welcomed its first set of tenants, with the inaugural residents ushering in a new era for ecological and environmentally-friendly living.

“Diamond Developers is thrilled to have turned the vision of sustainable living in Dubai into a reality with its first set of tenants making their home in The Sustainable City. The community was launched in 2014 with the support of Dubai Land Department to have a focus on sustainable living through a multitude of social, environmental and economic initiatives. The successful opening of the city to residents has set a new benchmark for other developers to follow,” said Faris Saeed, CEO Diamond Developers.

Several families have made their home at The Sustainable City to date, with more expected to move in by the end of the year. Each family will benefit from the home grown produce in the farm and will receive fresh herbs from the two operational ‘biodome’ greenhouses on regular basis. The number of residents living there is expected to increase significantly by April 2016 when the city’s community mall is completed and all 11 biodomes are up and running.

The Sustainable City’s first tenats expressed their excitement to be part of the first sustainable community in the region, and said making that decision was easy with the environment friendly lifestyle it offers. The tenants’ homes are located in Phase One of the development, which comprises a five-cluster residential complex, with each cluster featuring pedestrianised streets, a communal area, five playgrounds, a central wind tower and solar-shaded parking lots. Alongside its biodomes in the central green spine and community mall, Phase One is also home to an equestrian center with horse, cycling and jogging tracks.

Spread over five million square feet, The Sustainable City has a focus on three elements of sustainability; economic, environment and social. The community features a raft of initiatives to both conserve resources and save money, including energy efficient home design and use of eco-friendly building materials. Every aspect of the development has been designed to benefit residents economically, from its revenue-sharing scheme’s net zero service fees to its wealth of employment opportunities. The city places a priority on nature, green spaces, health, education and recreational activities, with the emphasis on nurturing a sustainable lifestyle that is allied to a strong sense of community.

“The opening of The Sustainable City to residents marks a key benchmark for sustainable living in the UAE as it is the first time a city aspiring to be a net zero energy community has commenced full operations in the country. This is an exciting time for everyone at Diamond Developers who have worked so hard to be in alignment with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s vision and the directives of the Dubai Plan 2021 framework of sustainable living,” added Faris.

Diamond Developers Signs Agreement with CEBRA and SLA

13 Dec 2015

Diamond Developers, the real estate organization behind The Sustainable City – Dubai’s first world-class sustainable community project – has announced the signing of an agreement with CEBRA, a Danish company that focuses on progressive architecture and design, and SLA, a landscape architecture consulting firm. The two-pronged agreement covers the primary design of every aspect of architecture within the master-planned development of The Sustainable City’s green school.

Heralded as a significant milestone in the development of the project, which has been designed to provide first-class education at The Sustainable City, the agreement was signed under the patronage of H.E. Merete Juhl, Ambassador for Denmark in the United Arab Emirates. The partnership will see The Sustainable City’s school as a unique 8,000 sq. m. K12 high tech and digitized educational establishment where students will undertake interactive learning on renewable energy, water recycling, air quality, urban farming, waste management and composting.

In conjunction with CEBRA and SLA, The Sustainable City’s green school designed to have a focus on sustainability, thereby fostering and nurturing a mindset of environmental concern within its students and encouraging them to find solutions for safeguarding the planet they will inherit. The contract between the parties covers construction supervision for the infrastructural components of the school, including landscaping, environmental impact assessment and all facilities and utilities.

Elaborating on the significance of the partnership, Faris Saeed, CEO and co-founder of Diamond Developers, said: “The agreement with CEBRA and SLA marks a historical moment for Diamond Developers, one that will ensure that the architecture of its green school encompasses The Sustainable City’s three key pillars: social, environmental and economic. Both CEBRA and SLA are leaders in their respective fields and our partnership with them is aimed at elevating the already high standards of our key sustainable development, The Sustainable City.”

CEBRA is a Danish company that focuses on progressive architecture and design, from buildings and public spaces to large scale of sustainable urban planning. The company’s approach has been described as ‘people friendly’ in that it merges human empathy and architectural expression into individual projects adapted to the local context. CEBRA’s portfolio includes work in its native Denmark and international projects, which range from research to built environments. CEBRA has received a number of international awards for its offerings.

SLA is a consulting firm, also based in Denmark, and widely regarded as being expert in urban field design. The company undertakes all phases of major landscaping projects, from design and project conception to installation and maintenance, with the SLA Landscape Architecture team incorporating nature as a focal point of in their work. Alongside CEBRA, SLA is a member of the ‘ACT NOW’ initiative, which helps public and private decision makers, understand the enormous savings that high-energy efficiency can have as they considers they develop.

Diamond Developers Participates in CLEAN UP UAE 2015

10 Dec 2015

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) launched the 14th cycle of Clean Up UAE, the environmental program devoted to environmental construction and sustainability.

Diamond Developers participated this year with over 30 volunteers from their staff to collect waste from the area surrounding the sustainable city project.

The waste collected included paper and plastic waste, and it was sent to “Tadweer” for recycling along with the daily waste collected from the sustainable city.