An eco-friendly city resembling a cluster of flowers is set to be built just outside the city of Dubai.
Dubbed Desert Rose City, the development was initially suggested in 2014 and has just been approved by Dubai Municipality.
According to initial reports, 75% of Desert Rose City, which will be constructed alongside the Dubai to Al Ain road, will be residential with 160,000 inhabitants who will work and live locally.
There will be 20,000 plots for building luxury homes for Emiratis and 10,000 affordable housing units for expats.
It will rely on its own resources to provide transport and communications, to save energy and recycle waste water, providing more than 40,000 cubic metres of usable water.
Renewable energy and solar energy will be used for lighting, while the materials used in the construction will contribute to maximum security and safety, while remaining low cost.
Solar panels, covering a surface area of 65,000 hectares, will generate clean electricity and renewable energy.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality said the project has been given the green signal in line with the vision of HH Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
It will include schools, shopping centres, clinics and hospitals, mosques and other services, and dedicated housing for Emirati nationals, all running on renewable energy.
It will also have a police station, with a focus on green spaces, reduced traffic jams and auto-recycling of waste.
Lootah said: “The project will contribute mainly to the development of a low carbon economy in the region, through the dissemination and application of solutions that contribute to raising the efficiency of energy consumption, and will serve the city’s residents.”
Dawood Al Hajeri, director of the Planning Department, said it will be a sustainable city that produces 200 megawatts of electricity using solar panels on the rooftops of homes and other buildings.
The project will comply with Dubai’s green building code, and will have eco-friendly solutions like green roofs to mitigate temperatures and purify the air from pollutants.
Al Hajeri said that the importance of the green building project lies in reducing carbon emissions and improving the internal environment and air quality.
The city will also have sustainable transport solutions that will further reduce the carbon emission.