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A new urban ecosystem
A new urban ecosystem

Masdar is being built on a cement platform that's 21 feet thick and made of 60% recycled waste. By the time the project is complete - the estimated date is 2016 - officials hope it will have created some 70,000 jobs and become a global hub for green tech.

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Last updated December 03 2008: 10:34 AM ET
Eco-friendly city of the future The Emirate of Abu Dhabi begins construction on its green city, Masdar. See the plans for this $15 billion undertaking. More video