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This can make urban mobility more sustainable in Dubai—and inspire other cities

A solar-powered tram system and extensive green spaces with diverse habitats are key features of the Dubai Green Spine project

This can make urban mobility more sustainable in Dubai—and inspire other cities
[Source photo: Krishna Prasad/Fast Company Middle East]

Dubai has unveiled a plan that could transform urban mobility and create a human-centric environment for its residents as the city anticipates its population expansion.

The ambitious Dubai Green Spine project aims to create a sustainable highway with solar-powered trams and transform the 64-kilometer Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road (E311) into a sustainable corridor.

The project goes beyond just transportation, focusing on a holistic approach to urban development. “The Dubai Green Spine isn’t just about transit,” said URB CEO Baharash Bagherian. “It’s about transforming how cities function.” 

Dubai-based urban planning and development firm URB and its research arm Epic Lab are developing the project, which aligns with the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan.

A key feature will be a 100% solar-powered tram system powered by a dedicated 300-megawatt solar energy system. This shift encourages a transition away from car dependence.

The project plans extensive green spaces with diverse habitats. These areas will beautify the cityscape, improve air quality, promote biodiversity, and enhance community well-being. Pedestrian and cycling paths will connect these green spaces, encouraging a more walkable and bike-friendly environment.

The project also envisions the integration of mixed-use developments, strategically combining residential, commercial, and recreational spaces. 

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