‘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