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More details revealed for Masdar City expansion plan

Campus of Emirates College of Technology, new GEMS Education school and six-floor office complex to be built by third-party developers

More details revealed for Masdar City expansion plan

More details have been revealed about plans to develop Masdar City in Abu Dhabi over the next five years.

More than a third (35 percent) of the city’s planned built-up area will be completed within the next five years, and will include a significant proportion of third-party projects. 

It has been announced that these will include a six-floor office block and upscale private apartments and townhouses, to be completed by the end of next year by Tristar Real Estate, a new campus of Emirates College of Technology, and a new GEMS Education school.

These and other developments will meet a minimum ‘3 Pearl’ rating under the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s green building standards framework, Estidama, meaning they will be designed to be up to 40 percent more water and energy efficient than comparable existing buildings, while also using more environmentally friendly materials in their construction.

The Masdar City campus of the Emirates College of Technology also aims to incorporate robotic parking technology to maximise the efficient use of space. 

“Masdar City is a template for sustainable urban development, and its evolution is taking place in partnership with a growing community of developers, investors and private sector companies,” said Anthony Mallows, executive director of Masdar City.

The new campus of Emirates College of Technology will host an estimated 3,000 students, the majority UAE nationals, as well as laboratories, a library and other study facilities, and an auditorium and sport hall.

The new school of GEMS Education, expected to start building this year within Masdar City’s planned R&D cluster, plans to offer the National Curriculum for England to about 2,500 students at the pre-school, primary and secondary levels.

Meanwhile, Ryan International Group of Education Institutions is already operating phase 1 of its CBSE school project with capacity for 2,700 students at Masdar City.

“Masdar City is enabling innovation in sustainability and clean technologies by integrating education, R&D, investment and business opportunity,” added Mallows.

Masdar City’s ongoing expansion will be showcased at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, the real estate exhibition and conference taking place from April 12-14.

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