Dubai tech park launches $299m 'smart city' project

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A AED1.1 billion ($299 million) Smart City project was launched in Dubai on Sunday, which will be served by electricity-charged vehicles.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), announced plans for Silicon Park.

The Silicon Park project comprises 97,000 sq m of office space, 25,000 sq m of commercial space, 20,000 sq m of residential area, and a 115-room business hotel in addition to restaurants, cafes, health and fitness centres, running tracks and cycling trails, prayer rooms, a shopping centre and underground parking for more than 2,500 cars.

In a statement, he said the project will be served by electricity-powered vehicles as the primary form of transportation. A number of charging stations will be set up across the area that can be accessed by all residents and visitors with electric vehicles. The project will also include other means of transportation such as smart rechargeable electric bikes.

Silicon Park will also feature intelligent solutions from charging-docks for smart devices on the street to smart pop-up furniture and digital play tables, as well as optimally-designed bus shelters, piazzas shading, and other public amenities.

Work has started on the project which is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “This project is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum... to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world over the course of the next three years.

"The project articulates Dubai’s Vision 2021 to transform the emirate into a smart city while ensuring that it remains on par with the latest global trends for smart cities.”

He added: “We are confident that this project will succeed in offering a modern lifestyle for residents, workers and visitors. The project’s standards are aligned to the Dubai Government’s strategic directions on smart cities that focus on six pillars: life, society, mobility, economy, governance and environment.”

Silicon Park will be characterised by its buildings topped with green roofs, which will include plants and trees that require minimal irrigation and utilise the direct sunlight on the buildings.

The project will optimise renewable energy resources and will apply measures to achieve efficiency in energy consumption. Additionally, it will also feature smart lighting systems with motion sensor systems that respond to traffic and individuals.

As part of the ‘smart’ experience, Wi-Fi will be available to tenants and visitors in the premises, giving them access to a wide range of innovative applications and smart robotic technology solutions.

The project also includes a number of unique recycling posts and features furniture made from recycled materials.

Dr Mohammed Alzarooni, vice-chairman and CEO of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, added: “We are committed to providing the best quality standards in all aspects of this project as part of our priority to shape an intelligent environment that ensures maximum comfort and well-being for the workers and residents in the smart complex.

"The project provides the best solutions and systems in information and communications technology and includes all the equipment that makes it a model for future smart cities.

"The Silicon Park project is a true example of what the future will be like in live-work environments connected to the internet and smart applications. Our primary goal is to provide a contemporary model in the development of integrated smart projects that provide all the elements of modern life."

A wholly-owned entity of the Dubai government, Dubai Silicon Oasis operates as a free zone technology park for the semiconductor, microelectronic and other high technology-based companies looking to set up their regional headquarters and research and development facilities in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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