DEWA Is Gifting Itself A Pretty Cool Thing For Its 60th Birthday

Setting an example too

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority will turn 60 in 2019, but it already has its birthday gift sorted.

The public utility is gifting itself a new headquarters called Al Sheraa (which means 'the sail' in Arabic) that's going to be fully solar-powered. And wait, there's more to this building. Once completed, it is expected to be the world's largest and tallest net-zero energy building. The design was exhibited during the Dubai Solar Show on Tuesday.

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Here are some interesting things to know about the building:

Three times larger than the DEWA Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, it will have six storeys on one side and many more on the other side with a 'sail' at an inclination of 25 degrees. It will hold 16,500 sq m of solar panels which will act as a shade source for the building. It will also be designed to have an Energy Utilisation Intensity of 70 kWh/sq m per year (basically a figure which is five times less than normal buildings). However the building will cost 15% to 20% more than a building of similar quality because of the efficiency systems DEWA will be introducing.

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Naina Shahani

Born and brought up in Dubai, Naina is a trained reflexologist who loves gastronomic adventures, genuine people and green tea. When not writing, she splits her time between finding different places to eat at and perfecting her Instagram shots.

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