Dubai, financial powerhouse and home to the world’s largest building, plans on building a climate controlled city within itself.
Proposed to be 50 million square feet in size, this climate controlled city will contain 100 apartment buildings, medical services, the world’s largest shopping center, hotels, and the world’s largest indoor amusement park. The idea is that it will provide a year round tourist attraction, without the need to step outside into the hot desert heat. Dubai manages to reach a scorching 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) in the summers, which obviously deters a number of visitors from colder climates. In the colder winter months, however, some of the panels on the dome will be able to retract, allowing natural air circulation within the city.
This crazy endeavour of course joins Dubai’s already over-the-top aesthetic, which includes the worlds tallest building, artificial islands, and submarine hotels. Aesthetically, the domed city will draw from New York and London, which can be seen in the images within this article.
Chief executive officer of Dubai Holding, Ahmad Bin Byat, has said that “the project will follow the green and environmentally friendly guidelines of the Smart Dubai model. It will be built using state-of-the-art technology to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, ensuring high levels of environmental sustainability and operational efficiency.” That said, it is hardly believable that a 50 million square foot climate controlled city will be “green” in any way. The energy needed to power it will be enormous, and will no doubt create an excess of greenhouse gasses. There were no specifics mentioned whether the city would utilize solar panels, etc. to meet its energy needs.
If the city will actually be completed is anyone’s guess, as the project is estimated to cost $6.8 billion US dollars over its ten year construction period. That said, If anyone were to build it, it would be Dubai (or China).