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Palestinian President tours Cityscape Abu Dhabi

posted on 22/04/2009: 666 views

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority paid a visit to the Cityscape Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. He was accompanied by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs HE Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, PLO Secretary Yasir ‘Abd-Rabbu, Senior Palestinian negotiator Saib 'Ariqat and Palestinian ambassador to UAE Khairi Al-Aridi.

The Palestinian President toured around various stalls and stopped to talk to officials on various projects and technologies.

The Palestinian leader showed particular interest in the Masdar stand where it was explained that the US$22 billion city being built near Abu Dhabi airport, will rely entirely on solar and other renewable energy sources.

Masdar City is expected to take some eight years to complete, providing homes for 40,000 people and 1,500 clean technology companies as well as work for 50,000 commuters.

Masdar officials say that while no commitments have been made, similar clean energy technologies could be incorporated in the multi-billion dollar reconstruction of Gaza.

Reconstruction of the war ravaged Gaza Strip was recently described as one of the most complicated challenges faced by humanitarian organisation by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority. He said a safe environment and decent living conditions were needed for 1.5 million people living in Gaza.

The Palestinian leader's visit to Cityscape Abu Dhabi further demonstrates that this event should not be seen as one purely for luxury developments,' said Mark Goodchild, Exhibition Director of Cityscape for organisers IIR Exhibitions. 'The technologies being used in building sustainable projects like Masdar City can also help in providing basic necessities to relief the plight of areas such as the Gaza Strip'.

Among other stands at Cityscape Abu Dhabi that the Palestinian leader showed particular interest were Mubadala; the Capital City District project by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council; Al Maabar; the King Hussein bin Talal Development Area in Jordan; Aldar; Lulu Island and Bloom.– Emirates News Agency, WAM


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