First Estidama Five Pearl rating given to Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre

The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre in Al Ain has achieved the five pearl rating of the Estidama Pearl Rating System (PRS) in the design phase.

This makes it the first government sustainable development to attain the highest sustainability rating. The project also achieves a first in attaining innovation credits which once completed could influence emirate-wide construction practices.

“By achieving the highest Pearl Rating, the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre will be the catalyst for all upcoming sustainability-driven projects,” said HE Falah Al Ahbabi, general manager, UPC.


“It will prove incredibly relevant to our region given that the Estidama Pearl Rating System is a unique four-pillar programme tailor-made to tackle the needs of our region’s distinctive environment from the environmental, economic, cultural and social perspectives,” he said.

He said the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is a tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed and his commitment to the natural and cultural life of the UAE.

“With one of its flagship projects gaining the top ranking, Abu Dhabi is sending a strong yet clear-cut message that it is gearing up to establish itself as the sustainable Arab capital. Inspired by the forward-thinking and insightful vision of its leadership, Abu Dhabi has taken great leaps to translate this strategic vision into reality through the implementation of the Pearl Rating System on emerging projects and future planning initiatives,” said HE Al Ahbabi.

The Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort is a development by Zoo & Aquarium Public Institution in Al Ain, designed around wildlife to create a sustainable leisure and learning destination. The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is at the heart of the development project.

The Pearl Rating System, one of the first initiatives of the Estidama programme, is a framework for sustainable design, construction and operation of communities, buildings and villas.

Al Ain Wildlife Park and the Sheikh Zayed Centre have already received Estidama-compliance first recognition in 2009 and 2008 respectively as they were selected as Estidama pilot projects.

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One Response to First Estidama Five Pearl rating given to Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre

  1. Thom Bohlen says:

    The SZDLC is a truly inspired design and construction project, and it will grow in stature as a model for future public building design and development. Its success is centered on its adherence to sustainable development principles and their adaptation to the desert microclimate in which it resides, while providing a great experiential and spatial journey for the visitors and staff. All in the U.A. E. should take note of this beautifully executed facility, and visit it when they get the opportunity.

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