Diamond Developers has announced a major step forward for sustainability in the region.
The constructor of The Sustainable City – the region’s first fully integrated sustainable community – has officially welcomed its first set of tenants, with the inaugural residents ushering in a new era for ecological and environmentally-friendly living.
“Diamond Developers is thrilled to have turned the vision of sustainable living in Dubai into a reality with its first set of tenants making their home in The Sustainable City. The community was launched in 2014 with the support of Dubai Land Department to have a focus on sustainable living through a multitude of social, environmental and economic initiatives. The successful opening of the city to residents has set a new benchmark for other developers to follow,” said Faris Saeed, CEO Diamond Developers.
Several families have made their home at The Sustainable City to date, with more expected to move in by the end of the year. Each family will benefit from the home grown produce in the farm and will receive fresh herbs from the two operational ‘biodome’ greenhouses on regular basis. The number of residents living there is expected to increase significantly by April 2016 when the city’s community mall is completed and all 11 biodomes are up and running.
The Sustainable City’s first tenats expressed their excitement to be part of the first sustainable community in the region, and said making that decision was easy with the environment friendly lifestyle it offers. The tenants’ homes are located in Phase One of the development, which comprises a five-cluster residential complex, with each cluster featuring pedestrianised streets, a communal area, five playgrounds, a central wind tower and solar-shaded parking lots. Alongside its biodomes in the central green spine and community mall, Phase One is also home to an equestrian center with horse, cycling and jogging tracks.
Spread over five million square feet, The Sustainable City has a focus on three elements of sustainability; economic, environment and social. The community features a raft of initiatives to both conserve resources and save money, including energy efficient home design and use of eco-friendly building materials. Every aspect of the development has been designed to benefit residents economically, from its revenue-sharing scheme’s net zero service fees to its wealth of employment opportunities. The city places a priority on nature, green spaces, health, education and recreational activities, with the emphasis on nurturing a sustainable lifestyle that is allied to a strong sense of community.
“The opening of The Sustainable City to residents marks a key benchmark for sustainable living in the UAE as it is the first time a city aspiring to be a net zero energy community has commenced full operations in the country. This is an exciting time for everyone at Diamond Developers who have worked so hard to be in alignment with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s vision and the directives of the Dubai Plan 2021 framework of sustainable living,” added Faris.