Dubai’s sustainable city

The Sustainable City is a 46 hectare property development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Situated on the Al Qudra road, it is the first net zero energy development in the Emirate of Dubai. The development includes 500 villas, 89 apartments and a mixed use area consisting of offices, retail, healthcare facilities, a nursery and food and beverage outlets. Phase 2 of the development will include a hotel, school and innovation centre.

The City was developed by Dubai-based Diamond Developers, whose Chief Executive Officer, Faris Saeed, has stated that much of his inspiration for the development came from UC Davis West Village.


A modern application of social, enviroment and economy in the built environment.

This first operational Net Zero Energy City in Dubai is a game-changer for today’s progressive society and will be a pillar for creating tomorrow’s sustainable world.

Located in Dubailand and spanning over 5,000,000 sq.ft (46 ha.), the City puts a real-time green eco-scape at the heart of your daily life, providing a complete suite of environmental facilities.

The initial phase is close to completion and comprises of five residential clusters, a buffer zone, a central green spine, an equestrian club and a mixed-use development.

The City houses 500 villas grouped into five residential clusters, connected to an urban farm that runs the length of the City. The L-shaped villas combine ergonomic superiority with contemporary design with the uppermost environmental performance standards. The roof terraces, shaded by unobtrusive solar panels, provide ample outdoor space during winter.

The Sustainable City’s water strategy includes water saving devices, greywater recycling, and treated sewage effluent reuse in landscape irrigation.

Key elements of the City include:

  • a residential area of 500 townhouses and courtyard villas inspired by Dubai’s old Bastakiya district
  • 11 natural ‘biodome’ greenhouses, organic farm and individual garden farms for local food production
  • 10 MW peak solar production
  • waste water recycling, with segregated drainage for greywater and blackwater
  • biking and shaded jogging trails
  • an equestrian centre

Apart from periphery roads and car parking areas, the development is a car-free site.

The parking areas are topped by solar shading featuring solar panels. Panels are also placed on the roofs of all of the houses.

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