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Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City set for expansion

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City set for expansion

The sustainable urban development has significant growth plans up to 2021

Sustainable urban development Masdar City is due to undergo significant expansion in the next five years, according to the project’s executive director.

Speaking to local press, Anthonly Mallows revealed that the Abu Dhabi development will grow substantially up to 2021, driven by the city’s emergence as a hub for research and development, and the commercial emergence of clean technologies.

“Around 35 per cent of the planned built-up area will be completed over the next five years – up from 5 per cent today – and nearly 30 per cent has been committed to, including private homes, schools, hotels and more office space,” he is quoted as saying.

He added: “Masdar City’s expansion is gathering pace because today we are recognised as an innovation ecosystem – a hub for R&D, technology, human capital building, business opportunity and investment.”

Mallows also explained that all available space within existing buildings and those under construction is fully leased.

Masdar City is expected to unveil a number of new developments during Cityscape Abu Dhabi, which takes place between April 12-14.

These are believed to include an R&D cluster comprised of a research institute, 2,000 residential apartments, restaurants, cafes, schools and green open spaces. The event will also see Masdar City pilot the prototype of its eco-villa which incorporates water and energy saving technologies and environmentally friendly design features.

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