Building a Sustainable City.

How would you design the city of the future?

Have you ever noticed that the countries who were once dependant on natural resources like crude oil, natural gas are taking a giant step towards sustainable cities and environment? Lets take a one good example of NEOM city in Saudi Arabia

The Line is a linear smart city under construction in Saudi Arabia in Neom, Tabuk Province, which is designed to have no cars, streets or carbon emissions.The 170-kilometre-long city is part of Saudi Vision 2030 project. The city’s plans anticipate a population of 9 million; 25% of Saudi Arabia’s current population of 35.5 million.

The plan is for the city to be powered entirely by renewable energy. It will consist of three layers, one on the surface for pedestrians, one underground for infrastructure, and another underground for transportation.Artificial intelligence will monitor the city and use predictive and data models to find ways to improve daily life for its citizens, with residents being paid for submitting data to The Line.

Also i have read that this will be a place where everything you want to visit will be at the distance of 5-10 mins. Imagine current society of building taking maximum land area and on the other hand, The Line is so compact that it can fit same no. of residents in straight horizon infrastructure.

I would design the city by keeping in mind about…

1. The sustainability.

2. Technology.

3. Entertainment venues at many locations so that the people can move out of their houses.

4. Zero Co2 emissions affecting the environment.

5. Boosting GDP of my country.

6. Tourist attraction hub.

7. Ease of Living.

My one year experience in Dubai !

IBN Battuta gate.

     It was almost a year when I first came to Dubai to explore job opportunities in safety field. But, let’s rewind a year ago when I face one of the toughest challenges in my life during covid 19. It shocked the whole world and no one had imagined that the virus which is transmissible through air would take millions of lives. Also I had lost a much needed opportunity during covid 19.

     Few weeks before the nationwide lockdown, I had got an opportunity for a dream job of a safety officer and for that I returned to my country to complete my visa process and medical. But alas! As one week passed, our prime minister gave us a surprise that a nationwide lockdown has been implemented the whole nation came into stand still.

Unlucky me, as flights w cancelled for more than a year and I was just sitting at home hoping that one day I ll get to fly. The country of Kuwait had a strict rule as flights were still not resumed for almost one and a half year. And after staying at home for almost a year, I got a call from the organization that they cannot wait for more and that they are hiring locally. I was sad and felt as if I had lost a good opportunity in this pandemic.

 So, later after few months, I got an opportunity to work for a shutdown project in reputed company in Qatar. But that project lasted for 2 months and I was back home. All thanks to my brother! He gave me an opportunity to come in UAE in search of Job opportunities. It was 29/4/2022. With new hope and search for the job I left my country with all new hopes and blessings from my mom. I was not sad because I was waiting for that one moment where I ll get a chance to find a job.

As soon as I reached Dubai, I was mesmerised looking at the beautiful infrastructure and high-rise buildings there people from different parts of the world visited this beautiful city as it is one of the most attractive tourist place in the world. This city has been way ahead then most of the popular cities in the world.

The tourist place that I got a chance to see is ‘The Burj Khalifa’ in just 60 Dirhams as it was an Eid offer. I got to see the beautiful properties of Emaar and Damac from the 120th floor. Outside the Burj Khalifa, there is a fountain called ‘The Dubai Fountain’ Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 coloured projectors, It is around 900 ft long and shoots water (500 ft) into the air while accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and other music. It is the world’s largest choreographed fountain.

On 26 October 2008, Emaar announced that based on results of a naming contest the fountain would be called the Dubai Fountain. The Dubai mall is one of the biggest malls I have ever seen. Trust me you will get tired walking around the mall exploring the shops. It’s like a one stop hub for everything. You can shop, eat, play, watch movies and can do many other activities.

Also, the ‘IBN Battuta Mall’ is one of the attractions shouldn’t meet when exploring Dubai. The mall is divided into different parts and each part is designed with the country’s theme. For example, if you enter into the China court, you ll see the walls designed with dragon arts and a huge vintage ship built which looks almost real. The one is the India court where there is the statue of ancient elephants along with the whisperer. Other court where you ll get to see are Egypt, Tunisia, Persia court etc.

About the public transport you ll find out that there are driverless metros continuously running to and from one destination to other without any delay. The nol card is like a debit card where you need to recharge and scan on the entrance of the station to enter into the platform. This card can also be used in RTA buses and shops too. If you purchase a gold tier card that you ll get to see the amazing view from the front of the metro.

Other tourist places that I visited was ‘The Global Village’.

Global Village welcomes millions of guests every season, making it the park with the 4th largest daily footfall in the world. With a strong belief that the world’s diversity and creativity is a limitless source of excitement and that human connection should have no boundaries, Global Village brings together extraordinary people to create a More Wonderful World for guests from around the globe. This is like a mini globe where there are many different places built like a different country of the world. The place is huge and spread across miles, you will need to take frequent breaks in order to explore the whole village. There is amusement park where families including children can have fun.

Well there’s many things that I want to share and I am going to share my experience in next few blogs. Over all this is the best city I have visited so far. Also by gods grace I am working as a safety office in one of the reputed company in Dubai. What I learnt is that not matter whatever challenges you go through, always put effort in what you are doing and keep praying.

Cheers !