Last Updated on December 25, 2023 by News Editor
In recent years, the Middle Eastern region has made significant strides in implementing environmentally friendly building practices. Over the years, the number of LEED-registered buildings in the area has skyrocketed, from 623 in 2010 to more than 2500 in 2020. Indeed, eco-friendly buildings are becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East, with architects and contractors seeking out innovative green building practices. Also, to incorporate socioeconomic, environmental, and cultural factors in contemporary architecture, countries in the region have developed their own green building rating systems, such as Qatar, the UAE, and Lebanon. The Middle East is home to some stunning examples of environmentally friendly architecture; here are five examples.
Beautiful Green Buildings In The Middle East
Lattice-Domed Parliament Building, Abu Dhabi, UAE
This building by Ehrlich Architecture makes use of passive solar design principles. Also, the dome’s exterior intends to foster a microclimate, which will improve the building’s overall efficiency in this regard. The parliament planned on making sustainability the centrepiece of the design to earn a perfect five-pearl rating from Estidama.
Masdar’s Zero Carbon, Zero Emissions City
Masdar City is one of the Middle East’s most notable projects. Touted as the world’s first zero-carbon and zero-emissions city, Foster & Partner’s terra cotta-coloured sustainable buildings are nonetheless quite impressive.
Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque, Dubai UAE
In Dubai’s Port Saeed district, the Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque, also known as the Green Mosque, was constructed per LEED standards. Among the building’s design innovations are controls on the water flow from the ablution taps and the use of bathroom wastewater to irrigate the plants surrounding the mosque.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an Abu Dhabi art museum on Saadiyat Island. In addition to being spectacular, the museum’s architecture is also highly energy efficient. A large portion of the structure on Saadiyat Island will be covered by a 180-meter-diameter dome that is permeable to the Sun’s rays, thereby reducing its heat.
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Sheikh Khalifa Medical City is in Abu Dhabi. This project seeks to house three hospitals under a single roof covering 300,000 square meters. It utilized high-efficiency methods and regional concepts to complement Abu Dhabi’s vast climate. To make this project as sustainable as possible, they incorporated solar collectors on the roof, fabric scrim shading the main garden level, and an intelligent climate strategy.
Green buildings in the Middle East has the potential to not only protect the environment but also provide numerous benefits to these regions. Significant advantages of green buildings in the Middle East and beyond include cheaper operation, better indoor air quality, and less frequent maintenance. All countries in the Middle East can benefit from green building systems, which can act as catalysts for reshaping urbanization, ensuring energy security, combating climate change, and generating new diplomatic and economic opportunities.