Developer harnesses horse power for 'green' city
Diamond Developers plans new 'green' city for Dubai
Diamond Developers has announced it has put the 'final touches' on plans to develop the first sustainable city in Dubai, which includes 'green' transportation by horse.
The city will house 10,000 residents on 743,000m2, with a total built-up area of 465,000m2. A 143-room ‘green’ resort will also be included.
“Infrastructure and landscaping works will commence during the second half of this year,” said Diamond Developers chairman Eng. Faris Saeed.
The first phase will be completed in 2013, with each of the three remaining phases finalised over consecutive years. Final completion is anticipated by 2016.
The project will comply with the highest sustainability standards, according to Saeed, by harnessing solar energy and treating and recycling wastewater and sewage for irrigation purposes. It will aim to reduce carbon emissions by 75% and use a fully-integrated waste disposal system.
“Residents of the community can enjoy a sustainable transport system constituting solar energy powered vehicles and horses,” said Saeed.
“Green areas will account for 70% of the total area, and include gardens and farms engineered to produce organic foods. There will also be a solar energy farm and a green belt of 100,000 qaaf and palm trees, stretching along 8km in and around the city that will be able to accommodate 2,500 families,” added Saeed.
The city will include a mosque, hospital, school and a multi-use complex. “The project will also feature a unified complex for various government departments and a university to teach sustainable environmental sciences at its three faculties,” said Saeed.
Diamond Developers' projects to date include the 23-building Diamond Business Centre in Arjan, Diamond Views in Jumeirah Village in Dubai and the six-building Marina Diamond in Dubai Marina.