The United Arab Emirates have continuously showed commitment towards global goals even before the launch of the recent Sustainable Development Goals. From green technology and innovation, the Emirates are soaring on top of their game. These development which can be rightfully tagged and sustainable, and at some point regarded as responsible production and consumption is very much contributing to the economic development of the emirates.
In recent times, report indicates that Director General of Dubai Municipality – Hussain Nasser Lootah has mentioned in a statement regarding the Dubai’s Desert Rose City also known as Smart City. The upcoming smart city was announced around couple of years back but its development has not been really broadcasted, although supposition have it that construction preparations had started right after 2014 when the project was declared. According to the Director General of Dubai Municipality, “The Desert Rose City” has received approval and work is being done to ensure its commencement. Additionally, he affirmed that the project follows suite of the progressive sight that the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
What We Know So Far About Dubai’s Desert Rose City:
On construction timeline and project cost, the cost of the project is not clearly defined yet so as its completion. New development has it that first phase of construction is close to implementation and currently the civic team is awaiting designs from the architects.
Focusing on the city, construction and project execution will conform to the Green Building Standard of the Emirates. The smart city will be a world class sustainable city complying with all levels of global goals. It will generate its electricity from renewable sources (solar is known for now) with a capacity of about 200 megawatts while saving about 40 per cent of power. Instead of solar farms, the projects is targeting installing efficient solar technologies on top of building (homes, offices, etc) for its power supply. Also indicated by Dawood Al Hajeri, Director of the Planning Department at Dubai Municipality, one of the principal goals expected to be achieved by the end of the project is an increased environmental quality (air and water). Additionally, the city will ensure efficiency in resource utilization and develop all of its resource demand. It will have its own communication system, and other basic and social amenities.
More on air quality, aside the reduction of pollutants through energy production from clean energy, the city will have an eco-friendly transportation system which will strengthen the project’s environmental performance. On water, Dubai’s Desert Rose City will have a recycling water system in place – according to reports, the city will have a production of about 40,000 cubic meters of water which will be recycled to ensure sustainability of limited resources.
More importantly, the Assistant Director General for Engineering and Planning Sector – Abdullah Raffia, has been announced as supervisor for the construction of the project as well as the development of the smart city’s designs. Again, his work will run through until implementation phase of the project as a supervisor.
Another interesting thing, the name of the city “Desert Rose City” is just a name taken after the physical appearance of the project. The city will have its buildings in a shape and formation of a desert flower while occupying an area of about 14,000 hectares in Al Ruwayyah on Dubai-Al Ain Road. A total of about 160,000 residents is expected to be accommodated in the green city.
There will be 10,000 housing units in the city which will be affordable and designated for expatriates. For Emiratis, there is a designated 20,000 plots which will be set apart for luxurious buildings. These buildings will have green innovations including eco-friendly roofing which will have a technology to purge ambient air of contaminants and reduce temperatures.