A new project is being developed in Masdar City, a green city in the United Arab Emirates. Work on the future Masdar City Square, or MC2, begins this summer and will last until 2024. In keeping with the country’s net-zero carbon goal, the MC2 will be composed entirely of green buildings.
New sustainable downtown for Masdar City
The urban center project will cover an area of 29,000 square meters with a gross floor area (GFA) of 50,000 m2. In total, 7 buildings and a parking lot will be built according to eco-responsible approaches. 6 of the buildings will receive high environmental performance certifications, namely 4-Pearl Estidama, LEEDd Platinum, and WELL Gold.
Among these infrastructures, the MC2 headquarters will be the first office building in the country to be carbon neutral. A photovoltaic canopy will allow for green energy consumption. The project is therefore in line with the low-energy housing that characterizes Masdar City.
The MC2 center will be located near the Mohammed ben Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, and Siemens’ Middle East headquarters. One of the future buildings will also house the IRENA headquarters.
An addition to the city’s ecological heritage
At the groundbreaking, the city’s acting executive director, Ahmed Baghoum, speaks:
“We are further demonstrating how urban development can be both economically sound and sustainable. Masdar City is proud to serve as a test bed for responsible urban development. We look forward to seeing how MC2 enriches Masdar City, Abu Dhabi and the UAE.”
Opened in 2010, Masdar City is one of the most sustainable urban centers in the world. The entire city is designed to run solely on renewable energy. A solar panel network with a power of 1 MW can meet part of its electricity needs.
The city’s developments aim to reduce energy and water requirements. In addition, the city is home to more than 1,000 companies working on the development of sustainable technologies. Since the Net-zero initiative in 2021, the United Arab Emirates has become the first country in the region to commit to carbon neutrality by 2050.