I really admire the vision and determination of the UAE rulers in raising the benchmark on everything.

BBC News Online is reporting that Abu Dhabi is building a carbon neutral city, as well as investing $15 billion in clean/sustainable energy R&D (LINK).

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From BBC News Online

An excerpt:

Masdar City will cost $22bn (£11.3bn), take eight years to build and be home to 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses. The city will be mostly powered by solar energy and residents will move in travel pods running on magnetic tracks. 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, Masdar says. 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

Jaber Al-Ahmed City. Sabah Al-Ahmed City. Ahmed Al-Fahad City. Silk City. ETC – eat your heart out.

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