Dubai to build sustainable city shaped like a desert rose with air conditioned pedestrians

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Dubai Municipality has announced plans to build  Desert Rose city, a sustainable city in the shape of a desert flower.

Plans were announced by government after being approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality said the project will be located between Al Ruwaya and Al Aweer, across Emirates Road towards the desert.

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“The urban planning of the project would be in the shape of a desert flower in different colours in sync with the desert environment as a symbol of sustainability,” he said.

“The city will adopt sustainability standards in terms of economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects depending on the natural resources and renewable energy,” he added.

Planned to become a residential space, it will feature various sustainable housing areas as well as a city centre which will be connected to Dubai Metro through an electronic train track, director of the Planning Department at the Dubai Municipality,   Dawood Al Hajiri explained.

In addition, the city will include air-conditioned pedestrian walkways, only working during the hot season and a green belt for agricultural purposes.

Al Hijari explained: “Service facilities that produce renewable energy and facilities for recycling wastes and sewage water for irrigation and gardening will be taken care of. Network with roads and transportation in sync with the land use and modern communication will be an added  attraction.”

A competition is also being launched for university level students to propose innovative ideas for the project. The top ten ideas will be awarded prizes.

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