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.
The UAE aims to have 75% of Dubai’s energy come from clean sources by 2050. If the city pulls that off, it 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. Called Sustainable City, the development is expected to cost $354 million and be fully complete by 2019.
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In 2013, Diamond Developers started building Sustainable City, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Source: Arabian Business
The 113-acre city aims to curb CO2 emissions as much as possible. Cars are banned from most neighborhoods.
Residents are only permitted to take public transport, drive electric-powered smart cars, or take horse-drawn buggies.
Instead of gas stations, there are 250 charging stations.