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Masdar City, known for its dedication to environmental sustainability, has introduced its first mosque, Estidama, Wego reports. The mosque, which spans 500 square meters and is located in Masdar Park, adheres to international sustainability standards and can accommodate 335 worshippers for each prayer session.
The mosque was designed in partnership with X-Architects and emphasizes passive design. It incorporates features such as skylights, traditional Arabic screens, and intelligent sensors to enhance energy efficiency. The mosque is expected to achieve LEED Platinum and Estidama 3-Pearl certifications, indicating that it will use over 50% less energy than traditional mosques. It also includes solar panels for additional power and a state-of-the-art treatment system that allows it to conserve 48% of its water.
A symbol of commitment
Estidama Mosque represents more than just a place of worship; it symbolizes Masdar City’s commitment to both its community and environmental stewardship. According to Mohamed Al Breiki, Masdar City’s Executive Director of Sustainable Development, the mosque serves as a sustainable community hub. Its emphasis on passive design sets a new standard for environmentally conscious spaces within Masdar City. Al Breiki also noted that the mosque’s unique design could make it Abu Dhabi’s first LEED Platinum mosque, meeting stringent sustainability and water conservation criteria as defined by Estidama 3-Pearl.
Sustainable vision expands
Masdar City has also announced plans for a second mosque, a net-zero energy structure that will be able to accommodate 1,300 worshippers. This project, which was announced during COP28, is expected to commence in 2024, further demonstrating Masdar City’s commitment to sustainable infrastructure. The announcement was made during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Masdar City’s leadership, including Ahmed Baghoum, CEO, and Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy CEO of the Mubadala Investment Company. The ceremony underscored the shared vision of environmental responsibility and progress.
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