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The coolest sustainable architecture in the Gulf

It's <a href='http://www.abudhabisustainabilityweek.com/' target='_blank'>Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week</a> and we're looking at the coolest sustainable architecture in the Gulf. These buildings are specifically engineered to save energy and respond to the region's harsh climate and terrain -- vast deserts, glaring sun and temperatures reaching up to 50 C (122 F). <!-- -->
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</br>This building with organic-looking pillars that resemble the branches of a tree is the <a href='http://qncc.com/' target='_blank'>Qatar National Conference Centre</a>, which opened in 2011. Natural light in the $720 million building reduces energy consumption and automated shades reduce air-conditioning, according to the center.

It's Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and we're looking at the coolest sustainable architecture in the Gulf. These buildings are specifically engineered to save energy and respond to the region's harsh climate and terrain -- vast deserts, glaring sun and temperatures reaching up to 50 C (122 F).

This building with organic-looking pillars that resemble the branches of a tree is the Qatar National Conference Centre, which opened in 2011. Natural light in the $720 million building reduces energy consumption and automated shades reduce air-conditioning, according to the center.