Located in the desert outside of Abu Dhabi, Masdar City is the emirate’s revolutionary vision of a city of the future. Combining modern technology, renewable energy, and ancient Arabic architecture and design, the city aims to become the world’s most sustainable eco-city, a mixed-used development of technology, business, and residences.
Masdar City broke ground in 2008 and is still being constructed. The core of the city is in place, anchored by the Middle East headquarters of Siemens and the Masdar Institute neighborhood. A 148-foot (45-meter) wind tower helps channel cooling breezes down to the shaded streets below. Visitors can enjoy the outdoors at Masdar Park, ride on the world’s first on-demand driverless vehicle, explore the master plan and models of Masdar City, admire the innovative design and architecture of the city, or learn more about innovation at the Siemens Ingenuity for Life Center. Refuel with a coffee or food at one of several restaurants and coffee shops in the city.
Masdar City is included in a number of guided sightseeing tours of the region, from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Explore the city, along with other area highlights such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre.
Things to know before you go
- There’s no admission fee to enter the city.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat or other sun protection.
- Don’t forget your camera; photos are encouraged.
How to get there
Masdar City is located around 10 miles (17 kilometers) southeast of Abu Dhabi. Visitors can drive to the city and park their car in one of the outlying parking lots. From there, a driverless personal rapid transit (PRT) vehicle will take you into the city center.
When to get there
The city is open for visits at all times, though the PRT, Siemens Center for Ingenuity, and certain other businesses are only open during business hours from Sundays to Thursdays. Expect to spend between 60 and 90 minutes exploring Masdar City. Allocate more time if you plan to eat at any of the restaurants.
Masdar City is located right next to Khalifa City, making it easy to access popular attractions such as the Al Raha Mall, the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, and the Al Forsan International Sports Resort. Masdar City is also located near Yas Island, an entertainment destination with several theme parks, a mall, beach, and a Formula 1 race track.
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