First families move into Dubai's $299m Sustainable City project

More handovers set to take place by April when community mall is completed and all 11 biodomes are up and running

Diamond Developers, the company behind Dubai's AED1.1 billion ($299 million) Sustainable City, has said it has welcomed its first set of tenants to the ecological and environmentally-friendly project.

Several families have made their home at The Sustainable City to date, with more expected to move in by the end of the year, the company said in a statement.

Each family will benefit from the homegrown produce in the community farm and will receive fresh herbs from the two operational biodome greenhouses on a regular basis, it added.

The number of residents living in Sustainable City is expected to increase significantly by April when the city's community mall is completed and all 11 biodomes are up and running.

"Diamond Developers is thrilled to have turned the vision of sustainable living in Dubai into a reality with its first set of tenants making their home in The Sustainable City. The successful opening of the city to residents has set a new benchmark for other developers to follow," said Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers.

The new tenants' homes are located in phase one of the development, which comprises a five-cluster residential complex, with each cluster featuring pedestrianised streets, a communal area, five playgrounds, a central wind tower and solar-shaded parking lots.

Alongside its biodomes in the central green spine and community mall, phase one is also home to an equestrian centre with horse, cycling and jogging tracks.

Spread over five million square feet, The Sustainable City has a focus on three elements of sustainability - economic, environment and social.

The community features a raft of initiatives to both conserve resources and save money, including energy efficient home design and use of eco-friendly building materials.

Every aspect of the development has been designed to benefit residents economically, from its revenue-sharing scheme's net zero service fees to its wealth of employment opportunities.

The city places a priority on nature, green spaces, health, education and recreational activities, with the emphasis on nurturing a sustainable lifestyle that is allied to a strong sense of community.

"The opening of The Sustainable City to residents marks a key benchmark for sustainable living in the UAE as it is the first time a city aspiring to be a net zero energy community has commenced full operations in the country," added Faris.

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