IN PICS: Dubai mega eco project

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Dubai Properties, part of state-owned conglomerate Dubai Holding, has revealed stunning images of it's ambitious Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens development. Announced in April, the project will be located between Al Khail and Emirates Road and include huge areas of greenery interspersed with large lakes and canals.
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Extending over 800 million square feet, the project incorporates new homes, outstanding educational, financial and commercial facilities, iconic civic buildings and tourist landmarks. Threading them together is more landscaped parkland than can be found in London and New York combined.
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Set to become one of the world’s most spectacular urban developments, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens will cost over $60 billion to construct.
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Arranged around the city are four centers, or 'houses', that will host world-class facilities in their respective fields.
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The House of Humanity includes quarters for charitable organizations, including Sheik Mohammed’s own Humanitarian Establishment, along with museums encompassing the themes of human civilization.
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The towers and office blocks of The House of Commerce will be occupied by large multi-national companies, insurance firms and both Islamic and international banks; all working in partnership with educational institutions specializing in financial sciences.
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The House of Wisdom includes translation facilities, a grand library, knowledge garden, international universities, colleges of history and science and a mosque, together with offices for a number of international academic organizations.
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The House of Nature is dedicated to the environment with family parks, zoological gardens, hotels, alternative medical and herbal clinics and premises for laboratories, institutions and colleges all specializing in conservation and the natural sciences.
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More than 56 million square feet of parks and gardens will divide the city into a network of sustainable neighbourhoods, each offering shops, healthcare and educational facilities. Over two-thirds of the entire land mass will be dedicated to conservation, leisure, recreation, and wildlife sanctuaries. The project will be carried out in six stages and initial work has already commenced.
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