By the end of next year, one of the world’s most sustainable malls will be standing in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City. The shopping plaza, called My City Centre, will include “shaded parking for 430 vehicles on its rooftop through the use of photovoltaic panels ” and will consume 40% less energy and water than similar non-sustainable malls.

The project is being developed by Emarati company Majid Al Futtaim and is set to cost AED 300 million ($81.5 million).

“Set to open by the end of 2018, My City Centre Masdar will deliver a convenient, neighbourhood retail experience which meets the daily shopping needs of more than 75,000 estimated consumers in surrounding areas,” the company said in an official statement.

Masdar City Model (Pawan Singh/The National)

Masdar City Model (Pawan Singh/The National)


“It will include 60 outlets across 18,000 m² of gross leasable area (GLA), including a Magic Planet family entertainment centre, a 5,760 m² Carrefour Hypermarket, a City Centre Clinic to provide community-focused healthcare services, and convenient dining options for both residents and professionals within Masdar City,” the statement added.

Yousef Baselaib, the executive director of sustainable real estate in Masdar City, added: “The city is considered a ‘greenprint’ for the future, embracing economic, social and environmental principles of sustainability.”

The UAE has been putting notable effort and resources into green and environmentally-friendly projects. The Middle East and North Africa’s first commercial-scale carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) facility was unveiled on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. The facility is expected to clean up to 800,000 tons of CO2 a year. Meanwhile, Dubai is building the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) project, as well as a sustainable city with solar water heaters and green home appliances for its residents. The city promises 100% water and waste recycling and “natural biodome greenhouses, organic farm and individual garden farms for local food production.”