Saturday, August 09, 2008

Dubai Pearl - a truly self-contained green community

Dubai Pearl
Dubai Pearl, the luxurious self-contained community for super-wealthy, which incorporates cutting-edge technology, scheduled for completion in 2010, displayed its brand recently in a glitzy Paris hotel, with roomful of wealthy developers, architects, investors, and businessmen. However, it is also a part of the growing trend in Dubai, where community meets sustainable planning.

H.H. Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, in 2007, issued a directive for developers and builders to abide by the international green building standards, as a part of Dubai Strategic Plan 2015, to ensure Dubai remains a healthy and environment-friendly city.

The Chairman of Pearl Dubai LLC, Fahim, said that Dubai Pearl is all about sustainability, focusing on people and communities.

The Founder of Emirates Green Building Council, Sadek Owainti, is an advocate of this directive, who feels that the importance of sustainability is unavoidable in UAE. It is the core of living to maintain resources for future generations. Although, it is a slow beginning, as far as governmental support is concerned, UAE is ahead of Middle East.

The three major elements that need to be taken into account when planning a sustainable development are the community, the environment and the economy. A balance has to be attained between all three aspects. There was a massive rush for green ideals during the 60s and 70s, but it really never happened, as only few factors that were taken into account. Without inclusion of a business element into the equation, the development can never be completely sustainable.

A major aspect of sustainability is to see how best a community can be preserved by way of job opportunities, creating an environment where people will be happy. They do not have to drive around, as everything at Dubai pearl will be available at a short walking distance. It is about laying emphasis on creation of healthy living environment, Fahim said.

Self-contained community is great way for business-oriented developments to get their good remarks while also keeping the luxury elements intact. Fahim is keen to emphasize on the importance of the business hub of Dubai Pearl to its growth as sustainable development.

Although Dubai Pearl has not gone to extent of other developments like the zero-carbon Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, which is the most widely acknowledged among sustainable developments, it strikes a complementary balance with the best on offer.

Dubai Pearl is now working with consultants to achieve gold level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in sustainability. Being an earnest advocate of recycling, the positioning of the Dubai Pearl building is such that it can utilize maximum sunlight for energy conservation.

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