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Masdar metrics
Masdar metrics
Construction cost of city: $22 billion

Completion date: 2016

Area: 2.3 square miles

Population: 50,000 residents and 40,000 commuters

Office space: 65 million square feet

Estimated temperature: 20 degrees cooler than the surrounding desert

Resources used compared with a city of similar size: 60% less water, 75% less electricity, and 98% less landfill space

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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