The Sustainable City, the Middle East's first fully operational sustainable community, revealed the results of one year of monitoring at the city during WETEX 2017, which ran from 23rd to 25th October at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Sustainable City, a joint venture between Diamond Developers and SEE Nexus, participated at WETEX for the second consecutive year with the biggest stand at the exhibition, which took place under the theme 'At the Forefront of Sustainability'.
Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers, commented: "As part of our ongoing efforts to build and nurture a sustainable ecosystem, we were excited to take part in WETEX 2017 and share our latest results with attendees. Following one year of monitoring, we confirmed that The Sustainable City is achieving all that we hoped it would, providing a multicultural community with a happy, healthy and sustainable lifestyle while also supporting the government's Dubai Plan 2021 and Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. With the results in, we were in a better position than ever before to present The Sustainable City as a tried and tested blueprint for sustainable living at WETEX."
Since October 2016, SEE Nexus has been monitoring all operations at The Sustainable City to assess performance. The results so far reveal that water recycling, electric mobility, and solar energy production have saved 1,402 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. This is equivalent to 157,769 gallons of gasoline consumption avoided. Specifically, The Sustainable City recycled 63,444 m3 of greywater, (equivalent to 25 Olympic size swimming pools), driven 179,000 km in electric buggies (equivalent to 5 times around the equator), and diverted 87% of its waste from landfills (equivalent to 18 tennis courts).
For the outstanding success of its sustainable solutions, The Sustainable City was recognized at WETEX 2017 with a prestigious Emirates Energy Award for large scale distributed solar generation.
The Sustainable City in Dubai embraces the three pillars of sustainability; Social, Environmental, and Economic, across one all-inclusive and comprehensive community landscape. Providing a full array of residential wellness facilities and amenities that have no negative impact on the environment, a unique concept that redefines sustainable living through its energy efficient housing, first Net Zero Energy city, net Zero service or maintenance fees, green education and health care, eco-attractions and a full range of indoor and outdoor leisure activities, commercial, urban farming, and an Innovation Centre. With 46 hectares, the city is located in Dubailand on Al Qudra Road.
This year, The Sustainable City has been recognized as the 'Happiest Community' and 'Best Real Estate Developer - Sustainable Green Development' at the Gulf Real Estate Awards 2017. Last year, The Sustainable City received over 10 awards including one at the International Green Design Awards 2016 in China, and another for 'Green Residential Building of the Year' at the Emirates GBC Awards 2016. Complementing its roster of sustainability awards, The Sustainable City has recently partnered with Emirates Wildlife Society to tackle climate change and promote energy conservation and solar power.