A city with driverless cars, greenhouses, and solar-powered villas – this is the next project of the United Arab Emirates.
The United Arab Emirates was known as one of the world’s biggest oil producers and, as a result, greenhouse-gas emitters.
But in the past two decades, the UAE government has made an effort to lower its own dependency on fossil fuels, shifting toward more environmentally-friendly sources to power its cities.
By 2050 the UAE aims to have 75% of Dubai’s energy come from clean sources. With this goal being successfully realized, Dubai would have the smallest carbon footprint in the world.
As part of this larger goal, local company Diamond Developers is building a city 18 miles outside central Dubai that’s designed to produce more energy than it consumes. The development of the so called Sustainable City is expected to cost $354 million and be fully complete by 2019.