The Link, a 30,000-square-meter sustainable community in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City that features the area’s first shared net-zero energy living and working facility, has begun construction. The project, which is anticipated to generate over 2,000 jobs in the UAE, will also contain four low-carbon buildings with event spaces, retail options, different genres, and outdoor plazas.
Dutco has been announced as the contractor for the project.
The Link is part of Masdar City’s plan for sustainable urban development and aims to connect shared working and living spaces with other community amenities.
Ahmed Baghoum, Acting CEO of Masdar City, said, “The Link will model a new kind of sustainable community by connecting shared working and living space with other elements of a thriving neighborhood, including places to shop, play, and relax, and local transportation. It is a key component of Masdar City’s ‘green print’ for sustainable urban development and a wonderful way to honor this Year of Sustainability as the UAE prepares to host COP 28.”
Zayed Baker, the executive director of the Dutco Construction Group, added, “Masdar City’s rich legacy of sustainable construction and innovation makes them an ideal partner for us. We’re honored to be bringing this historic development to life.”
The high in-country-value (ICV) certification score of Dutco, which shows the value they would add to the UAE economy, played a significant role in their selection.
The Link is a project for sustainable development that will achieve a number of prestigious sustainability certifications, including LEED Platinum, WELL Gold, 4 Pearl PBRS Estidama, and LEED SmartPark Silver. With the help of renewable energy sources, the project is anticipated to achieve a significant reduction in energy demand. The project will provide various-sized residential units in addition to specific office and retail space. Residents will have access to a courtyard with play spaces, a wellness center, and other amenities. On the ground floor of the commercial space, there will be retail alternatives.
A 3,300 square meter multi-use hall and visitor center will house conferences, exhibits, and live performances. It will also contain a shop area on the ground floor and a café on the first level. 300 people will be able to sit in the flexible auditorium, which has cutting-edge hardware and technology.
All districts of Masdar City will be connected by The Link via transit systems. It will provide cycling tracks, bus connectivity, electric charging ports, car-sharing facilities, and parking for 1,255 vehicles. It will also create a transition route between the future Light-Rail Transit and Group Rapid Transit networks.