The Sustainable City is a 2-million square foot mixed use site in Dubai containing 500 residences, parks, retail, office, leisure and communal space, as well 11 biomes used to grow food for the community.
The site, 18 miles from Dubai City, is built to attract the eco-aware home buyers. The Sustainable City is the first zero net energy residential complex in Dubai, meaning its energy needs are self-sustaining.
Solar panels on rooftops and shelters around the site feed into a smart grid and supply up to 10 mega-watts of electricity. All water on the site is recycled.
Buying a slice of sustainable living is not cheap. House prices start at $1 million, but CEO of construction company Diamond Developers Faris Saeed says that two thirds of the homes have been sold, while others are rented.
The Sustainable City is free from polluting vehicles, and offers charging points for electric cars.
Part of the water on site goes towards managing the vegetable patches to supplying the community's food needs.
"We're trying to prove here that you can make your profits ... and still you can do something which you will be proud of," says Saeed, "your kids will be proud of, and all the world will like it."