Masdar is a project in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Its core is a planned city, which is being built by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the government of Abu Dhabi. Designed by the British architectural firm Foster + Partners, the city will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, with a sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology. The city is being constructed 17 kilometres (11 mi) east-south-east of the city of Abu Dhabi, beside Abu Dhabi International Airport.

It will host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
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@ 2010-08-24 13:25:27
I keep coming across these "new cities" like this one and the one I posted earlier (Songdo) or the 'Knowledge Cities' of India and Saudi Arabia. Calling these cities though is really pushing the definition. I think what we are seeing is a bit of PR hype. When you look at these in GM they are rarely more than a hundred acres or so. Where i come from these are just called large commercial real estate developments or in the more recent jargon, 'Lifestyle Centers.' But not real cities.