Phase 1 of Dubai's $299m eco-city set to open this year

Diamond Developers says first phase of Dubai Sustainable City to be completed in third quarter of 2015
Phase 1 of Dubai's $299m eco-city set to open this year
By Staff writer
Fri 01 May 2015 12:36 AM

The developers behind Dubai’s AED1.1 billion ($299 million) Sustainable City project have revealed that phase one is set to be completed in the third quarter of this year.

Diamond Developers has announced that the first phase of its five million square feet development will comprise five residential clusters of 100 villas each, a community mall, a central green spine, an equestrian centre, horse, bicycle, walking and jogging tracks.

Phase 2 which will feature an eco-resort, a country club, a school, a science museum and The Sustainability Centre of Excellence, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, the company said in a statement.

"Diamond Developers is thrilled to turn the vision of sustainable living in Dubai into a reality. The City was launched in 2014 with the support of Dubai Land Department, with a focus on sustainable living through a multitude of social, environmental and economic initiatives," said Faris Saeed, CEO, Diamond Developers.

Built across 46 hectares in Dubailand, the Sustainable City aims to support a population of 2,700 residents.

It aims to address seven key environmental elements including renewable energy production to meet most of the city's needs, 100 percent wastewater recycling; urban farming to produce herbs, fruits and vegetables; and solar powered transportation systems.

"To enhance the quality of life for its residents, TSC encourages a strong sense of community through its design, amenities, and social activities; provides advanced healthcare facilities; and will be a knowledge hub for students, academics and professionals alike," said Alya Alhamad, social sustainability manager, Diamond Developers.

Emil Samarah, chief commercial officer, Diamond Developers, added: "Contrary to general opinion, we have validated the fact that the cost of constructing sustainable developments is equivalent or even less than the cost of conventional developments."

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