Initiated in 2008, Masdar is the emirate’s pioneering vision of a city of the future. With the goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable eco-city, Masdar is leading the way by developing a “greenprint” for how cities can accommodate rapid urbanisation and dramatically reduce energy, water and waste.
The city combines ancient Arabic architectural techniques with modern technology and is built around a huge central Arabic wind tunnel that channels a cooling breeze through the streets and alleys making it comfortable to stroll around even during high summer temperatures.
Masdar also harnesses the power of the sun, using clean energy created onsite from rooftop solar and one of the largest photovoltaic installations in the Middle East.
Cars are banned within the city. It is a really unique experience travelling into the centre of the development in the Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) pods – small unmanned electric cars.
More than a thousand people live and work at Masdar City, which sprawls around the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology – a research university dedicated to cutting-edge solutions in the fields of energy and sustainability.
Open to the public
Masdar City is also open to the public to come and explore. There is no admission charge, simply leave your vehicle in the car park and board one of the unmanned electric pods, which will take you directly into the heart of the city.
Whether you just want to wander the streets and marvel at the unique architecture, relax at one of the numerous restaurants and coffee shops, or browse the luxury convenience store, and organic food shops and cafes, there is plenty to do for the whole family.