I believe some people who understood that are gonna come in expecting something else from the UAE, and it is. I myself cant nam eevrything they did but off the top Underwater Hotel, Biggest in-door Ski resort, tallest building(that hasnt even been completed yet), um a lot of stuff really. This time we're tackeling poluution by building a comepltely green-city, that is 100% carbon free(Well as much as you can get it to be :) ). It is car-free, waste-free, and powered by solar electricity. The populos will travel in pods ran by magnetic rails.
Work starts on Gulf 'green city' Abu Dhabi has started to build what it says is the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste car-free city. 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.
Abu Dhabi has one of the world's biggest per capita carbon footprints and sceptics fear Masdar may be just a fig leaf for the oil-rich Gulf emirate.
Others fear Masdar City - on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi City - may become a luxury development for the rich.
The project is supported by global conservation charity, the WWF.
Less power, less water
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.
In January, the government of Abu Dhabi announced a $15bn five-year initiative to develop clean energy technologies, calling it "the most ambitious sustainability project ever launched by a government".
As part of the plan, Abu Dhabi will become home to the world's largest hydrogen power plant.
The money is being channelled through the Masdar Initiative, a company established to develop and commercialise clean energy technologies, and Abu Dhabi hopes it will lead to international joint ventures involving much more money.
Abu Dhabi will invest $4bn of equity in the project and borrow some of the rest, Masdar said.
"We are creating an array of financial vehicles to finance the $22bn development," Masdar chief executive officer Sultan al-Jaber told Reuters news agency.
"We will monetise all carbon emission reductions... Such innovative financing has never been applied to the scale of an entire city."
This is pretty much my last hope as a country for how an Arab nation should be :P (Well take away little judicial and legistlative things here and there...)
Seems like a waste of effort to me... but the UAE is always trying to build unusual something rather; like that palm-tree island thing.
Its an interesting idea indeed. Interesting that they spend all this oil money on so many ambitious and expensive things, which have until now, been rather trivial (I like the idea of a green city). I guess they should spend the money while they have it, when the oil's gone, UAE is going back to becoming a truly third world country. Thats the problem in focusing solely on oil production and not diversification of their economy (their plans for tourism aside).
Victim of Forgotten HopeForum bystander
26th April 2004
Nice, but it will all be scrapped after they run out of oil. Absolutely no chances for tourism if they keep this line: this year a Finnish high school girl tourist was sentenced for kissing in United Arab Emirates.
Well, own lameness to go to a country which has oppressive religious laws. Good bye for their hopes for being a tourist attraction in the future for non-muslims atleast, it will be a plain desert once again unfortunately.
^Theyll change most Arabci countries INCLUDING, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are changing...recently theyve relaxed laws for women on 2 or 3 things... Theyll change in time..
and you have to remmeber the UAE is putting a LOT of money into alternative energy sources, and other tehcnolgoies, they arent just blowing it away.
I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
27th May 2004
DM has a point. UAE recognises the fact its oil reserves won't last forever, and since they are blessed with some rather nice beaches and a huge abundance of sand, they are taking advantage of it.
Ever heard of the tourism capital of the world?
Oh bother – The world (minus the EAU and other turds…say in Venezuela) would do best by growing a pair and invest/utilize in/their own natural resources (i.e. America has plenty). I can’t speak for the elsewhere’s in the world, but here in the good ol’ US of A someone back in the early 70’s thought it would be a great idea to exploit other nations’ resources, and when it was all used up then we could look introspective of our own. – Crap! No wonder folks think we are a bunch of a-holes. Seriously, we need to stop playing politics and worrying about what the world or loudmouth do-gooders whom do more harm than good here at home are going to say, and start tapping into our own oil resources – at least until the day comes when alternative fuels become a viable, affordable reality for everyone (and we are far from that day – despite what the talking heads in the media have told you to believe). Perhaps if we do this, the need to cater to third world dictators might actually have a solution to our particular security issues, when they dolts have more to worry about with less of our money. Difficult to hold a country hostage politically or otherwise when you don’t have any assists to bargain.
I think its a fantastic idea and i hope they manage to do it. It sounds like they are at least trying to take the lead, i only hope other countries' follow suit. We have the technology to make sea water consumable and have had wind power forever, lets use it.
For the Emperor! Knights of Caliban!
16th March 2004
Stupid question whats does UAE stand for?
[color=#000000][size=2][b][i]Heralds of the coming doom, Like the cry of the Raven, we are drawn, This oath of war and vengeance, On a blade of exalted iron sworn, With blood anointed swords
United Arab Emirates :P its a very oily-rish nation in the Gulf. I myself consider it more known than Qatar, Bahrain or Kuwait.