Dubai-based URB to unveil ‘world’s largest net zero community’ in Kuwait

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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URB, a global leader in developing sustainable cities, is set to launch XZero City, a planned sustainable community providing a net zero carbon lifestyle for 100,000 residents in Kuwait.

The 1,600-hectare development is planned for the southern region of Kuwait to provide 30,000 residential units, as well as 30,000 green jobs, which will be created in various hubs such as medical, tourism, technology, educational, retail and entertainment.

XZERO will promote sustainable tourism through its various eco-friendly hospitality assets, including a 5-star eco-resort and eco-lodges.

The Dubai-based developer said that “the masterplan was designed using passive design strategies, as well as green and blue infrastructure, to create a sustainable development which requires the least financial investment whilst providing the highest environmental gains.”

Baharash Bagherian
Baharash Bagherian

“XZERO City is a new paradigm in green urban living and a new benchmark model for the next generation of sustainable cities. As a self-sufficient city, XZERO will provide all the resident’s caloric food intake on site through its productive landscape. The city incorporates many different urban farming methods such as community gardens, bio domes, aquaponics, vertical farms & biosaline agriculture. The city will also harvest all the renewable energy needs locally whilst also recycling its waste and water on site. The creation of cities that follow the highest standards of sustainability is no longer a choice, it has become a necessity.”

According to the developer, “The green-tech hub will promote a collaborative innovative environment in food, energy, water, and waste tech.”

The medical hub will feature an autism village, wellness center and clinics. The educational hub will feature a nursery, a school, and an institute. The commercial hub will include indoor mall and flexible office spaces.

“Ultimately the city will provide the highest quality of life whilst protecting the environment for future generations. It will become a new benchmark for future cities to be planned in balance with nature, whilst promoting a greener circular economy,” as per the statement.

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