Gallery: 7 Gorgeous Green Buildings in the Middle East

The Middle East doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to its environmental record, but we have to give them credit for initiating some of the most gorgeous sustainable projects on the planet. We've collected seven of the most beautiful projects in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Morocco ranging from an airport to a bank and a couple of stadiums - all of which rely on passive design and traditional building techniques to stave off the soaring summer temperatures. Of course, we couldn't leave out the extraordinary Masdar project that we visited earlier this year, which is touted as the world's first zero carbon zero emissions city - read on for a closer look!

Check out 7 Gorgeous Green Buildings in the Middle East:

Masdar’s Zero Carbon, Zero Emissions City

Abu Dhabi’s Green Roofed Aldar Market

Kuwait’s LEED Gold Certified International Airport

Morocco’s Dazzling Domed Bank

Abu Dhabi’s Lattice-Domed Parliament Building

The Grand Stade de Casablanca Stadium in Morocco

Qatar’s Solar Powered World Cup Stadiums

Masdar’s Zero Carbon, Zero Emissions City

Masdar City is one of the most well known projects in the Middle East. Touted as the world’s first zero carbon and zero emissions city but beset with economic troubles, Foster & Partner’s sustainable terra cotta-colored buildings are nonetheless very impressive to look at. Check out our exclusive pics of Masdar’s first few solar-powered buildings just outside of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi’s Green Roofed Aldar Market

Foster & Partners is behind the greening of Abu Dhabi’s Central Shouq as well. By adding a series of low rise, ecologically sensitive shops, hotel, offices, and restaurants, as well as rooftop gardens, the internationally-renowned firm has given this old world market a sustainable lift.

Kuwait’s LEED Gold Certified International Airport

Lo and behold, Foster & Partners is behind yet another green project in the Middle East. This time they have unveiled plans to build a massive solar-powered international airport in Kuwait. Although that country doesn’t have its own green building standard, the firm is shooting to bring this crazy-shaped project in line with LEED Gold standards.


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  1. konsyltacii January 2, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Megaprojects,technologies,innovations,management decisions,investment objects,climate change.

    Climate & economy of Southwestern Asia,Central Asia (Near & Middle East) & Northern (North) Africa. Water supply.

    Only by making the climate is more saturated with moisture can make the Near and Middle Asia and North Africa is even more suitable for a good life.

    There are good and real water projects in deserts. The purpose of one of the projects – to give the water in a deserts and to spend the finance and water for the right thing, that to change the climate.

  2. greenhat December 1, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Great article, we do design work for a green architect and I forwarded this to them. Expect to see something like this popping up in Bristol any day now…

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