These are my Colleagues and I in a Driverless Car at Masdar City Free Zone/Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the world’s first planned sustainable city – The UAE spent $20bn on a nuclear power plant, still under construction, projected to produce close to 25% of its electricity by 2020.
The Country is building what has been billed as the world’s biggest solar farm in Dubai, and to install rooftop solar on every home in the emirate by 2030.
All graduate students of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, who are given free tuition and accommodation and are selected by Top Professors of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The country’s leaders, staring at the prospect that their estimated reserves could run out in 50 years, invested in tourism, tech and renewable energy. Today about 70% of GDP comes from non-oil sectors, according to Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE prime minister.
The UAE is eager to be seen as a leader in renewable energy and sustainability, convening regular leadership retreats to discuss their future beyond oil.