Just when you thought Dubai’s architectural projects couldn’t get more ambitious, plans of a flower-shaped, eco city have been revealed. 

Dubai Municipality made the announcement about the exciting project on its Facebook page.

While the exact location and the exact opening date (it’s scheduled to be completed in 2020) of the project is unknown we can reveal that the14,000 hectares area has been dubbed the Desert Rose City, and it will be home to 160,000 people.

Artist impressions of the city have been unveiled and look more like the result of a watercolour challenge than a serious architectural project (tell us what you think about it in the comments below).

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According to Hussein Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, the project is embodies the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The Desert Rose City’s USP is that it offers a sustainable approach to urbanisation as it will be self-sustainable with homes will run on renewable energy. There will also be a key focus on green spaces.

A city within the city, the Dhs30 billion-Desert Rose City project will host its own police station, mosques, schools, shopping malls, clinics and hospitals, and grand villas.

According to Gulf Business: “Among the planned plots, 20,000 will be allocated as luxury homes for Emiratis and 10,000 will be affordable housing units for expatriates, while the buildings will be powered by solar panels.”

The project is certainly in line with Sheikh Mohammed’s vision of a more sustainable UAE.

Stay tuned on emirateswoman.com where we will update you as more details of the eco-project are unveiled.

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Images: Dubai Municipality