By Andy Sambidge
New residential project will accommodate 160,000 people and will be powered by solar energy panels
Dubai Municipality is planning to build a smart city for Emirati residents which will be powered by solar energy, it was announced on Monday.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai ruler and the UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister, was briefed on the project which will be built near Al Aweer Roundabout in Dubai, news agency WAM reported.
Dawood Al Hajeri, manager of planning and engineering sector department, said the smart city will be "completely sustainable" and will produce 200 megawatts from solar panels that will cover the roofs of the residential units and other buildings.
According to Sheikh Mohammed's directives, the work on the project will start immediately and is expected to finish by 2020.
The smart city will accommodate about 160,000 people over a total area of 14,000 acres of land.
Surrounded by a green belt, the development will be fully sustainable and self sufficient in terms of resources, transport and energy. The city will recycle over 40,000 cubic metres of water, WAM added.
Sheikh Mohammed was also shown plans for a smart-address project that will provide a digital infrastructure rather than the traditional naming system.
The new system will be launched next May and will be the first of its kind in the Arab world.
Plans were also revealed for a Dubai Boats Market project that is considered the first of its kind in the Middle East.
Once completed, the project will be an attraction for marine sports enthusiasts and will contribute to converting Dubai to a global hub for manufacturing and selling boats and fishing equipment, WAM said, without elaborating.For all the latest real estate news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
One might assume the Emirati's were consulted during the 'so called' smart city design process and all the 'techno speak' in AB's article was understood and subsequently approved for publication by Dubai government and after due consultation with the silent benefactors AKA Emirati folk. We all know the answer is NO to all the aforementioned questions. May the Rentier elite prevail in the GCC but for how long?
Smart City sounds like a wonderful project. As further details become available it will be interesting to discover if the new facilities will have a postal mail delivery system, proper street signage and modern day sewage connections. Perhaps these basic amenities will finally be included as they were missed during the mega-construction phase of bygone years where we today still have generators providing electrical power to high rise buildings.