Shurooq, Diamond begin work on $544m Sharjah Sustainable City project

WCN Editorial Team 29 Mar 2019 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Diamond Developers, a company that develops sustainable communities in the UAE, have begun work on AED2bn ($544m) Sharjah Sustainable City, the first urban mixed-use project in the emirate.

The Sharjah Sustainable City has been designed to meet the highest standards of green economy and environmental sustainability.

Spread across 7.2m ft², the project is located in Sharjah near Al Rahmaniya area, with easy access from the Sharjah International Airport and Sharjah University City.

Upon completion, the project will feature 1,120 eco-friendly and energy-efficient villas with a ‘modern-meets-oriental’ design with Sharjah’s architectural aesthetics.

The project will include a sustainable school, which will promote sustainability concepts through school curricula.

A Sustainability Experience Centre will also be part of the project. It will be a platform to host meetings and forums by government and academic entities, NGOs, school and university students.

The project will feature 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom villas built on 2,035-3,630ft² plots, which will be designed to offer a combination of comfort, practicality and style.

The smart homes are expected to offer up to 100% savings on electricity bills and 50% cuts on water bills.

The finished villas will be fitted with eco-friendly appliances.

The project will also include public facilities, such as a community shopping centre, a venue to host social events, health clubs, swimming pools, cycling and jogging tracks, restaurants, nurseries, medical clinics and a mosque.

As part of implementation of best environmental practices to reduce environmental footprint, electric and autonomous car shuttle services and electric car charging stations will be deployed within the city.

The Sharjah Sustainable City, located in Um Funnain area, will be powered by renewable energy produced by solar panels, and also include recycling plants that will recycle water and waste.

The city will feature biodome greenhouses and outdoor gardens to support sustainable farming within the community.

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Image: Rendering of Sharjah Sustainable City. Photo: Courtesy of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

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