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  • Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green - 1 of 8

    Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green

    In partnership with MIT, Abu Dhabi is creating what is meant to be the "greenest" habitat in the world, Masdar City, with the goal of carbon neutrality. All materials used in its construction are fabricated to have the least impact on the environment. Pictured here, Omar Mohammed Al Busaidy, senior tourism and corp planning analyst for the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, with a solar-powered car for transportation within the complex.

  • Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green - 2 of 8

    Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green

    A model showing what Masdar City will look like upon completion.

  • Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green - 3 of 8

    Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green

    One of the driverless solar powered cars that move people short distances (for now) around Masdar City.

  • Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green - 4 of 8

    Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green

    Inside the first building that visitors enter when in Masdar City. The design and architectural detail is impressive throughout the campus.

  • Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green - 5 of 8

    Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green

    A modern take on the traditional Arab wind tower applies ancient technology to cool buildings.

  • Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green - 6 of 8

    Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green

    Large blocks of solar panels not only provide energy to Masdar City -- they provide shade as well.

  • Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green - 7 of 8

    Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green

    Designers experiment with a number of architectural styles in Masdar City. What they have in common is energy efficiency.

  • Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green - 8 of 8

    Masdar City: Abu Dhabi goes green

    Cutting edge design is also applied to the interior of buildings. All photos by Arnie Weissmann; posted May 5, 2013

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