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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

World's first 'Green City' in UAE

The construction work on the world's first "green city" has started in the Gulf. Masdar City, on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, will be zero-carbon, zero-waste and car-free.

The city will be built at a cost of £11.3 billion over an eight-year period and be home to 50,000 people. It will be powered by solar energy and residents will move in travel pods running on magnetic tracks. The project is supported by global conservation charity, the World Wide Fund for Nature. The city will make use of traditional Gulf architecture to create low-energy buildings, with natural air conditioning from wind towers. Water will be provided through a solar-powered desalination plant. The city will need a quarter of the power required for a similar sized community, while its water needs will be 60% lower. The city forms part of an ambitious plan to develop clean energy technologies. As part of the plan, Abu Dhabi will also become home to the world's largest hydrogen power plant.

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