Diamond Developers, a Dubai-based developer, has launched Dh1 billion "Dubai Sustainable City" with construction set to commence by year-end.
The city will have "zero" waste due to the integrated system for waste recycling, sustainable and natural transport means such as horse carts and 20 organic farms. It will cover 46 hectares and have 550 residential villas fitted with organic farms and solar cells to generate electricity and heat water.
Eco-friendly and sustainable resort and spa, an educational zone, a green belt that will have 20,000 trees, a 5,000 square feet long water canal and a tourist minaret that allows tourists and residents to view the city at an altitude of 100 meters will also be part of the sustainable city.
According to the developer, 20 per cent of the construction area will be built with eco-friendly materials, with 60 per cent of the project will be landscaped. Solar farms will cover 600,000 square feet, while fifty per cent of the cooling energy in the city will generated through solar power.
Faris Saeed, company Chairman, told Emirates 24/7: "The company would commence work on infrastructure and greenery work by year-end, while construction on the residential and commercial buildings will commence by March next year."
He added: "The final design of the city has been submitted to Dubai Municipality to ensure harmony required between the city, building standards and urban and engineering sustainability."
Saeed is optimistic about the project and states that he has funding in place.
"The market is recovering and there is good demand for townhouses and villas. Prices have shot up but we believe the increase will be reasonable and not as before," he stated.