Diamond Developers, those behind Dubai Sustainable City have revealed plans to build more environmentally-friendly communities in the UAE and push them further to the rest of the MENA region.
Wassim Adlouni, a board member at Diamond Developers, said the success of the development will play a key role in Dubai’s aims to establish itself as one of the most sustainable cities in the world by 2020.
Speaking at the newly established sustainability conference in Dubai, the Centre of Excellence for Green Development, Adlouni said: “The Sustainable City project will allow people to see an example of how sustainable living benefits residents, communities and businesses, and that it can be repeated all over the region.
“Our ultimate goal is to use the successful Sustainable City here in Dubai as a platform to build other citites here and in other parts of the world, like the rest of the Middle East North Africa.”
He added: “We can share our knowledge and experiences in using cutting-edge technology used to build this Dubai community, with other communities in other countries.”
Construction of the first 100 of 500 townhouses at the site at Dubailand will be completed this year, with all residential buildings and the community centre built by 2015.
The community will include a school, university, a planetarium, a country club and a community centre with retail and coffee shops.
It will also feature a green belt with 20,000 trees, nearly 500m2 long water canal, almost 60,000m2 solar park as well as a management system that will be recycled 100% of water waste.
Adlouni said: “The biggest challenge here and in other countries is that the end users are always looking to re-sell their units and get the benefits for the short term. Our target is to keep the residents for a long time. This will only happen when the community really benefits them and the environment.
“The overall design encourages health and social interaction, so there are many pedestrian paths, cycling routes and horse tracks.
“There will also be a revenue share for each customer who buys a townhouse, so they own part of the retail. It gives them ownership of the community. They will want to make it profitable and be loyal to their community.
“Of course, building green is very expensive,” he added, “but we have managed to reduce costs to around those of traditional construction by properly researching different elements in the design – everything from insulation and energy-saving air conditioning units, to the direction of the sun and predominant wind direction.”