By Andy Sambidge
Diamond Developers chief says environmentally-friendly plans to be exported to rest of MENA region
The developers behind Dubai’s Sustainable City project have revealed plans to build more environmentally friendly communities in the UAE and export the concept to the rest of the MENA region.
Wassim Adlouni, a board member at Diamond Developers said the company plans to use its Dubai project as a platform for other cities to copy.
Construction of the first 100 of 500 townhouses at the Sustainable City site at Dubailand will be completed this year, with all residential buildings and the community centre built by 2015.
The AED1.1bn community will also include a school, a university, a planetarium, a country club and a community centre with retail and coffee shops.
The community also features a green belt with 20,000 trees and a 5,000 sq ft long water canal, a 600,000 sq ft solar park and water management system that will be recycled 100 percent of waste water.
Speaking at the Centre of Excellence for Green Development at the Canadian University of Dubai, he said: “The Sustainable City project will allow people to see an example of how sustainable living benefits residents, communities and businesses, and that it can be repeated all over the region.
“Our ultimate target is to use the successful Sustainable City here in Dubai as a platform to build other cities here and in other parts of the world, like the rest of the Middle East North Africa.
“We can share our knowledge and experiences in using cutting edge technology used to build this Dubai community, with other communities in other countries.”
Dubai Municipality recently formed a special committee for sustainability to study green initiatives.
Adlouni added: “The biggest challenge here and in other countries is that the end users are always looking to re-sell their units and get the benefits for the short term. Our target is to keep the residents for a long time. This will only happen when the community really benefits them and the environment.
“The overall design encourages health and social interaction, so there are many pedestrian paths, cycling routes and horse tracks. Sports will be available at the country club and the community centre has retail and restaurants where people can interact.
“There will also be a revenue share for each customer who buys a townhouse, so they own part of the retail. It gives them ownership of the community. They will want to make it profitable and be loyal to their community."