Cityscape AD: Masdar City launches two new phases
Masdar City will be the first development in the UAE to achieve new urban sustainability benchmark
Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy and sustainable development company, Masdar and the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) announced the UPC’s approval of the detailed master plans for Phases 2 and 5 of Masdar City.
Masdar City is targeting a 4 Pearl Estidama Community Rating, the first development in the UAE to do so. The approval of the city’s new master plans also coincides with Masdar’s 10-year anniversary and a phase of expansion now under way at the City.
Around 35% of the planned built-up area for Masdar City will be completed over the next five years – up from 5% – and nearly 30% has been committed to, including private homes, schools, hotels and more office space.
Phase 2 of Masdar City involves a dedicated R&D cluster built around many of its existing pilot research projects served by a residential community including 2,000 apartments, a GEMS Education school, restaurants, cafés and parkland.
Phase 5 is primarily 1,000 villas and townhouses surrounded by recreational amenities and green open spaces.
Anthony Mallows, Masdar City executive director, said: “Obtaining the UPC’s approval of the master plans for Phase 2 and 5 opens the way for the future ambitious expansion of Masdar City, and is further evidence of our commitment to realise the world’s most sustainable urban development. Masdar City aspires to be a model for the way our cities are built in the future, setting new standards for reducing energy and water demand, waste and carbon emissions. We look forward to becoming the first development in the UAE to achieve the 4 Pearl Estidama Community, working in partnership with the UPC.”
Mohamed Al Khadar, executive director for Urban Development & Estidama Sector at UPC, said: “The approval of the Detailed Master Plans for Phase 2 and 5 of Masdar City is an important milestone for the development of Masdar City, which is a vital component of Plan Capital 2030, and of the UPC’s vision to create sustainable, safe, walkable and attractive neighbourhoods for all Abu Dhabi residents.”
Maximising water and energy efficiency, reducing waste, and using locally sourced building materials are priorities – both to reduce the environmental impact of urbanisation and to improve the overall supply chain for sustainable products and services.
“The UPC’s Estidama department will continue to work very closely with the Masdar City team to do everything it can to ensure they meet the requirements of the 4 Pearl Community Rating that they are so committed to achieving,” added Mohamed Al Khadar.