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Emirati-designed, environmentally-friendly villa concept revealed

Cityscape Abu Dhabi expected to showcase more eco-friendly designs this year

Emirati-designed, environmentally-friendly villa concept revealed
Malak Ali Hassan, Owner and CEO of 3Dimension.

An Emirati-designed, environmentally friendly villa concept will be revealed at Cityscape Abu Dhabi this month, with the property event expected to showcase more eco-friendly options this year.

Quantity surveying and architecture firm 3Dimension said it would launch its energy efficient Green Pre-designed Villa Concept at the three-day real estate event at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on April 22-24.

Taking approximately eight months to build, the pre-designed turnkey villas come in three- and five-bedroom configurations, with a price range of between AED2 million for the 4757 sq ft three-bedroom option, and AED3.3 million for the 8446 sq ft five-bedroom option.

Malak Ali Hassan, Owner and CEO of 3Dimension, and the Emirati designer of the green villas, said the project incorporated the latest Energy Star efficiency specifications and eco-conscious materials and utilised natural light and ventilation.

"As both an engineer and an Emirati woman, I am proud to be the first to present the 'Green Pre-designed Villa Concept' to investors and developers at Cityscape Abu Dhabi," Hassan said.

"It has been our continuous dream at 3Dimension to be part of the wheel of sustainable development in the UAE and the wider region.

"We planned the pre-designed green villas based on our objective to promote smarter water usage and to reduce energy consumption, while ensuring that only sustainable building materials are used with minimal impact on the environment. Our green villas are ergonomically feasible, environment-friendly, and socio-economically viable."

Masdar City, one of the world's most sustainable urban developments, also will highlight its investment zone opportunities during Cityscape, which is expected to attract major interest from investors in the residential, commercial and hospitality sectors.

Having recently completed its award winning LEED Platinum certified Siemens Middle East HQ building in December 2013, the world class eco-city will underline its future plans in the UAE capital and wider Middle East region.

Masdar City director Anthony Mallows said the development was a "pioneering greenprint" of how cities of the future would accommodate rapid urbanisation, while dramatically reducing energy, water and waste.

"Today, the city is home to the world's largest cluster of high performance buildings, including the recently completed LEED Platinum Siemens Middle East headquarters, and the Incubator building - home to more than 60 companies - with further milestones such as the Masdar and IRENA HQ and Hilton DoubleTree Hotel on the horizon," he said.

"As we enter an important phase of the city's growth and development, Cityscape Abu Dhabi allows us to demonstrate that the vision is now a sustainable operation - with attractive partnership and investment zone opportunities for developers and investors."

This year is the first time Cityscape in Abu Dhabi has increased since the global financial crisis in 2009. Pre-registered visitor numbers are already up 26 percent.

More than 120 exhibitors from across the Middle East and as far as Turkey, Russia, Egypt, USA and UK are expected to be there.


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