Masdar City’s Masdar Park has achieved the “Exemplar” design rating under the Estidama Public Realm rating system, thus becoming the second community park within Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, and the region to achieve this feat.
This recognition signifies that plans for Masdar Park have met or surpassed the Estidama system’s economic, environmental, social, and cultural standards for sustainability.
Masdar Park is a key component of Masdar City’s “greenprint” for sustainable urban development, which is designed to increase open green spaces, public recreational facilities, and sustainable social infrastructure projects that position Abu Dhabi as a preferred destination to live, work, and play.
Park facilities use recycled materials and include a multi-purpose sports playground, beach volleyball courts, badminton and basketball courts, and various leisure attractions and amenities.
"This second ‘Exemplar’ rating affirms Masdar City’s commitment to sustainability, innovation, and creating solutions to climate change," said Mohamed Al Breiki, Masdar City’s executive director of sustainable real estate.
"Our parks are intended to be innovative, sustainable, and future-focused while meeting cultural needs and contributing to improved quality of life—all factors that contributed to its Estidama rating," he stated.
The park also features a food hall that will provide a one-of-a-kind experience for residents and visitors with different styles of cuisine, from local favorites to international brands. The space also offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for dining and events.
Furthermore, in celebration of the UAE’s Year of Sustainability, Masdar Park will host Abu Dhabi’s first LEED Platinum-rated community mosque.
"The mosque was designed as a true contemporary interpretation of traditional Arabic architecture to the highest standards of sustainability in the UAE,"noted Al Breiki.
"Receiving the LEED Platinum certification the US Green Buildings Council confirms that the mosque has met the highest international sustainability standards and achieved high levels of efficiency," he added.
On the top recognition, Sebastien Miller, Masdar City’s public realm manager, said: "We used the most advanced sustainability practices in the design of Masdar Park, making it not only a wonderful outdoor destination for the people of Abu Dhabi, but also an opportunity to learn about and experience sustainability in action."
"The latest Estidama rating will certainly increase community awareness of the sustainability benefits of Masdar Park. We look forward to welcoming people very soon," he added.-TradeArabia News Service