Masdar City, which is being constructed near Abu Dhabi, will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, and hopes to become the first zero-carbon, zero-waste city.

This article titled “Masdar City – a glimpse of the future in the desert” was written by John Vidal in Masdar City, for The Guardian on Tuesday 26th April 2011 19.51 UTC

A dusty construction site on the edge of an Arabian desert is an unlikely place for a model of green living. But this is Masdar City, an bn (£11bn) Norman Foster-designed project where just a few hundred people are guinea pigs in the world’s most advanced laboratory for hi-tech environmental technology.

Here, residents live with driverless electric cars, shaded streets cooled by a huge wind tower and a Big Brother-style “green policeman” monitoring their energy use.

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