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The UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi visits 'The Sustainable City'

The tour to the city included a special preview on the first ever complete model of the Sustainable City to be showcased at the Future Cities Show 2017

Dubai, 9 March 2017: The UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi visited ‘The Sustainable City’ – the region’s first sustainable and integrated project and the first residential project in Dubai that produces clean energy, on March 9th 2017.

The tour to the city included a special preview on the first ever complete model of the Sustainable City which will be showcased at the Future Cities Show 2017 from 2-4 April in Dubai World Trade Centre.

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi was accompanied by HE Jamila Al Fandi, General Manager of Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, HE Dr. Abdullah Salem Al Katheeri, Director General, Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime, HE Faris Saeed, CEO at Diamond Developers, the Developer of the Sustainable City and a number of top CEO’s of leading companies operating in the field of sustainability along with UAE media representatives.

HE Abullah Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi stated that the ministry, being the executive arm of the UAE government, is always keen to explore the future of sustainability, by starting new initiatives that help sustainability and enhance creative ideas in this field.

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HE Dr. Al Nuaimi said that the ministry is keen to support the UAE strategy especially in terms of ensuring a green economy and green infrastructure while developing the infrastructure projects in the UAE.

“Also, the ministry is keen to adopt all the initiatives that help support sustainability and green buildings as it has introduced new initiatives such as launching projects pertaining to charging the electronic cars in the government buildings, and the vehicles rest stops on highways, and the residential complexes. These initiatives are part of the initiatives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme. Also, the ministry started the electric autos project,” HE Al Nuaimi added.

The Future Cities Show is a global platform for companies and organisations engaged in developing an advanced infrastructure all over the world. It aims to attract investors and individuals who have creative and innovative ideas and provide them an opportunity to show their innovations as it highlights dimensions of future cities. The show will also feature futuristic designs that can help generate energy, preserve electricity and water consumption up to the latest international sustainable standards. This show will consolidate once more the status of UAE and Dubai as international hub for innovation and creativity as tools for better future.

Future Cities Show objectives come in line with the innovative strategies launched in Dubai by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, such as Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. The show also contributes to UAE vision 2021 and the UAE national agenda.

“We are honoured to welcome His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi and other delegates in the Sustainable City. This project works to achieve our futuristic ambitions that we inspire from by the far-sighted vision of our wise leadership. With great pleasure, we intend to share our educational resources and practical expertise with all those who can contribute in developing the green economy and sustainable development. Since, we look at our successes as part of the UAE’s achievements, it is our goal to see Dubai as one of the most sustainable cities in the world,” added HE Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developer, the developer of the Sustainable City.

The Sustainable City aims to address opportunities that support the city’s goals to cope with climate change, and continue to promote the development of sustainability in conjunction with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

During his tour, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi inspected the complete model of Sustainable City, where he learnt about prominent strategies and innovative ideas that have been implemented and incorporated for the development of the project.

As far as energy conservation by using the renewable energy is concerned, the UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development has built many governmental buildings that produce energy. These buildings’ roofs generate power by deploying special slabs to transfer the solar power into electrical forms. The solar system is applied in many projects within the ministry’s building and other few projects.

In the past few years, Dubai has experienced a dramatic transformation bringing the highest quality of life together with the lowest environmental footprint. Dubai has been ranked as the most sustainable city in the Middle East region, according to a study by Arcadis, a global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets. The city was ranked first out of the eight Middle East cities covered in the Sustainable Cities Index report and 52nd overall globally.

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