Wednesday, 31 Mar, 2010 Environment
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Eco-Friendly City to Be Built in Abu Dhabi

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Masdar City is the name of a brand new environmentally-friendly project that is currently being developed in the United Arab Emirates. It is expected to become the world's first green tech city, which will completely rely on renewable energy. There will not be cars, skyscrapers and waste.

To be finished in 5-10 years, the 6 square kilometers city will be located near Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, surrounded by desert. Designers believe that the city will be able to support a population of up to 50,000 people. Power is going to be generated by the solar panels that will harness the sunlight from the hot desert sun. It is worth mentioning that the solar farm, which will provide power to the eco-friendly city, is already constructed, being the biggest solar farm in the Middle East.

Masdar City will house a University and more than 1,000 businesses. Buildings in the city will be built close enough to shade each other. Using the vertical faces with built-in screens, it will be possible to keep the sun out while allowing the breezes to flow through. All of the streets are designed for pedestrians only; cars will not be allowed to move across them. The electric vehicles will be allowed to travel within the city's walls.

Mostly people will travel throughout the city using the Personal Rapid Transit system, which features driverless solar-powered podcars that will be guided by magnetic sensors. The podcars will go wherever a person wants to. In case the podcar identifies an obstacle it immediately stops.

One of the innovations is a thin foil that will be used to keep out the heat. According to the chief architect of the project, for the first time the use of thin foil coverings was stated in a proposal for a moon base.

It would be worth noting that Masdar City was designed by British architects Foster and Partners and funded mostly by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi. It is estimated that the whole project will cost $15-$30 billion.

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