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Have you ever wished to live in the lap of nature, where joy abounds in the form of lush greenery and chirping birds? Sustainable living is now a reality in the UAE, with many gated communities embodying the tenets of sustainability built in the last few years.
In Abu Dhabi, the Al Gurm community has been built into a natural enclave which is a part of a protected mangrove forest, home to more than 60 species of birds and marine life alike. The waterfront villas are nestled deep in the heart of nature. Naturally, the structures are all low-rise to avoid disturbing the wildlife that thrives abundantly here. A deluxe hotel property functions using ecological principles.
Hidd Al Saadiyat, a waterfront development on Saadiyat Island, incorporates sustainability into its design concepts. Aspects such as energy saving appliances and low community lighting control mechanisms to limit their impact on the natural environment are some of the development’s features. The seven-kilometre stretch of sandy beach, which is home to unique species of turtles, remains protected.
In Dubai, the latest sustainable development is the Emirati housing project Desert Rose, which will start construction next year. To be built in the shape of a desert flower, the project will feature solar panels, electronic train track to be linked to the Dubai Metro and waste recycling facilities, among others.
Also in Dubai, within a lush green forest, is the beautiful Al Barari community that comprises The Nest, Ashjar, Seventh Heaven, The Reserve and The Residences which all feature a collection of apartments and villas wrapped in a natural environment. Structures are split into clusters with low-rise buildings so as to not disturb the species that thrive nearby.
In Ajman, the basic premise on which the soon-to-be-completed Al Zorah residential community has been built is the protection of the natural mangroves, which are home to over 50 bird species including the pink flamingos. The area is untouched and undisturbed, yet stunning in beauty, and the Ajman government is committed towards its preservation even if villas, hotels and a golf course will be built on the location.
• Sustainable communities generally use solar panels, energy saving features
• Dubai’s Desert Rose project will have recycling facilities, electronic train track
• Ajman’s Al Zorah community is built on a protected natural mangrove site
Source: Urmila Santosh, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer