Masdar targets 4 Pearl rating

Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy and sustainable development company, said it is targeting a 4 Pearl Estidama Community Rating for Masdar City, which would make it the first development in the UAE to achieve such rating. The company announced last week that the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has approved the Detailed Master Plans for phases two and five Masdar City.

The approval of the master plans coincides with Masdar’s 10-year anniversary. Masdar announced that around 35 per cent of the planned built-up area of Masdar City will be completed over the next five years and nearly 30 per cent has been committed to, including private homes, schools, hotels and more office space.

Phase two of Masdar City involves a dedicated research and development cluster built around many of its existing pilot research projects served by a residential community, including 2,000 apartments, a Gems Education school, restaurants, cafés and parkland. Phase five is primarily villas and town houses surrounded by recreational amenities and green open spaces.

“Obtaining the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s approval of the Detailed Master Plans for phase two and five opens the way for the future ambitious expansion of Masdar City, and is further evidence of our commitment to realise the world’s most sustainable urban development,” said Anthony Mallows, Masdar City Executive Director. “Masdar City aspires to be a model for the way our cities are built in the future, setting new standards for reducing energy and water demand, waste and carbon emissions.

“We look forward to becoming the first development in the UAE to achieve the 4 Pearl Estidama Community, working in partnership with the UPC.”

Estidama is a UPC initiative aimed at transforming Abu Dhabi into a model for sustainable environmental, economic, social and cultural urbanisation.