By Staff writer
Abu Dhabi’s sustainable city to add R&D hub, school, more homes and retail
Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, billed as one of the world’s most sustainable eco-projects, is pushing ahead with a new phase of expansion over the next five years.
The National reported that site organisers are planning to add a research and development hub, a school, plus further residential and retail elements.
“About 35 percent of the planned built-up area will be completed over the next five years – up from 5 percent today – and nearly 30 percent has been committed to, including private homes, schools, hotels and more office space," Anthony Mallows, executive director of Masdar City, told the newspaper.
Mallows said that the homes would be built to accommodate those working in the research and development hub and that all of Masdar’s buildings, including those under construction, had already been leased.
Last month, Masdar announced it would build the world’s first research facility to grow both food and fuel using desert land irrigated by seawater.
The facility, operated by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, is funded by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a group advancing the aviation industry's commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by developing a clean, sustainable and alternative fuel supply.