Welcome To Dubai’s Sustainable City [VIDEO]

When we first heard about Dubai’s sustainable city we were intrigued; it was something we had to see with our own eyes. Historically, Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been rated amongst the least environmentally friendly cities in the world. Recently however, the government has unveiled plans to make this oil rich emirate, which currently relies heavily on fossil fuels, one of the cleanest global cities by the year 2050.

Introducing the Sustainable City

So, what makes a sustainable city? Well in this case – for a development comprised of 500 homes – power will be supplied by a vast network of solar panels positioned to make the most of that natural resource a desert climate has plenty of. 10,000 trees have been planted around the perimeters of the city to filter pollutants and sand particles from the air. To top it off, there are 11 biodome farms for growing fresh produce supplied by recycled water and there will also be an onsite school for sustainability – aptly named the Junior Innovation Centre.

Modelled to become an international showcase for sustainable living, the Sustainable city is Dubai’s first fully operational Net Zero Energy city, and has just been rated Dubai’s happiest community.

Sand dunes at sunrise
Aerial shot of dubai's sustainable city
Solar panels in sun

Going Green

Since 2005 energy consumption in the UAE has more than doubled, with residents consuming almost 50% more water than the global average, and with this rapid growth projected to continue it is clear to the nation’s government that the way forward is to “go green”. And what better way to achieve this for Dubai, than to harness the natural and relatively untapped resource at their fingertips; their desert climate.

Other exciting developments on the horizon for Dubai include:

World’s largest solar park

What better way to put 3,500 plus hours of annual sunshine to good use than with a solar park, that will drastically improve Dubai’s carbon footprint with a reduction in emissions of 6.5million tonnes per year. This solar powered plant the size of 285 football fields will supply electricity to 20,000 properties by 2017 and 800,000 by 2030.


This futuristic transport system will take passengers from Dubai to Fujairah in a speedy 10 minutes. Using electricity rather than fossil fuels the Hyperloop has the capacity to reach speeds of 1200kph.

With the birth of the Sustainable City, Dubai has given very serious consideration to reducing its carbon footprint and using the limitless source of natural green energy, the sun, that it has available. Their message is clear, sustainability is the way forward and Dubai intends to play a big role in the movement towards a greener future.

Take a look at the development yourself by watching our video above.

For the filmmakers out there this project was shot on a DJI Mavik Pro drone/UAV.

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