Abu Dhabi, UAE – Masdar City, an Abu Dhabi, UAE-based sustainability and innovation hub dedicated to making all cities a solution to climate change, has inaugurated their first mosque, called Estidama Mosque.
The new, 500-square meter domed structure, located in Masdar Park, adheres to the highest international sustainability standards and can accommodate 335 worshippers for each of the five daily prayers.
“Estidama Mosque is a powerful symbol of our commitment to our community, our faith, and responsible stewardship of the earth,” said Eng. Mohamed Al Breiki, Masdar City’s executive director of sustainable development. “We see this is as so much more than a house of worship—it’s a community gathering place in the heart of our city where worshippers can look forward to a journey that is both environmentally conscious and spiritually profound.”
Al Breiki as well as Ahmed Baghoum, Masdar City’s CEO, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the mosque alongside senior leaders from Masdar City’s shareholder, the Mubadala Investment Company: Homaid Al Shimmari, the deputy CEO and chief corporate and human capital officer; Dr. Bakheet Al Katheeri, the CEO of Mubadala’s UAE investments platform; and Khalifa Al Romaithi, the executive director of UAE real estate, alongside Anwar Al Hanaei, director at the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments.
Masdar City designed Estidama Mosque in collaboration with X-Architects with a focus on passive design, an approach they champion across the city. It is an architectural technique that works with the local environment and a building’s physical components to minimize the need for energy-intensive cooling.
Skylights on the roof are compact, and traditional Arabic screens maximize natural light while minimizing heat generated by direct sun. The building also has a low surface-area-to-volume ratio, an airtight building envelope, and high-performance insulation. Additionally, the primary pathways to the building and the courtyard are shaded by trees, and intelligent sensors within the building enable precise management of lighting and ventilation based on building occupancy. All of these features work together to reduce the need for cooling.
In total, the mosque will use over 50 percent less energy than a traditional mosque building. Solar photovoltaic panels, which are installed on the nearby car parking shades, produce a portion of the building’s remaining energy requirements.
The mosque also conserves about 48 percent of its water. A water treatment unit allows grey water to be used for irrigation of plants in the garden surrounding the mosque.
“We’re proud of the fact that this unique design is on track to be Abu Dhabi’s first LEED Platinum mosque,” added Al Breiki. “Our designs meet all the requirements for both LEED Platinum and Estidama 3-Pearl, and we anticipate receiving the certifications later this year.”
LEED Platinum is the highest international standard for green buildings, awarded by the U.S. Green Buildings Council. Estidama 3-Pearl is a rating awarded by the UAE’s Estidama Pearl Rating System, which is designed for the UAE’s physical environment and focuses on water conservation.
Masdar City’s second mosque, a much larger, net-zero energy building that will accommodate 1,300 worshippers, was announced during COP28 and is expected to break ground in 2024. Several other net-zero energy projects are under construction at Masdar City. Learn more at the new masdarcity.ae.
About Masdar City
Masdar City is a pioneering sustainable urban community, a world-class business and technology hub, and a “green-print” for cities that want to be part of the solution to climate change. With one of the largest clusters of LEED Platinum buildings in the world, we are dedicated to creating a new kind of city, a new way of working and living, and a more sustainable future for everyone.
The Masdar City Free Zone is a diverse, innovative, and ambitious group of over 1,000 organizations that benefit from comprehensive business support as well as the city’s rich ecosystem. Tenants include the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the UAE Space Agency, Siemens Energy, G42 Healthcare, the Advanced Technology Research Council, several Fortune 500 companies, and the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence. The Masdar City Free Zone also includes The Catalyst, a clean-tech startup accelerator program powered by both Masdar City and BP.
Masdar City hosts a growing residential community and two generations of autonomous vehicles. It also manages the Masdar Green REIT, a real estate investment trust dedicated to investing in sustainable real estate assets. Currently the Masdar Green REIT is worth nearly AED 2.8 billion.