Dubai Electricity and Water Authority inaugurated in Hatta the first mosque in the world to receive the platinum rating for green buildings – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4) from the US Green Building Council, achieving 83 points.
The authority established the mosque, which accommodates more than 600 worshipers, on an area of 1050 square meters, according to the highest standards of environmental sustainability.
His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, said: “In all our projects and initiatives, we are keen to adhere to the highest standards of sustainability and efficiency, in line with the “Dubai Urban Plan 2040” launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and President of the UAE. Ministers and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, which draws an integrated map of urban development, whose main focus is sustainable development, to make Dubai the best city for life in the world, and the vision of the authority as a global leader, sustainable and innovative.
The authority is working to promote the concept of zero-energy buildings, which represent a strong support for sustainable development strategies within the framework of a model that supports economic growth without harming the environment and its resources.”
His Excellency Al Tayer added: “The inauguration of the first mosque in the world to receive the platinum rating for green buildings – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design in the Hatta region is part of DEWA’s efforts to support the comprehensive and sustainable development plan in Hatta and meet the needs of social, economic and environmental development in the region.”
Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director General of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai, said: “The Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai is committed to preserving the environment, which supports the efforts of the United Arab Emirates in facing climate change, as the mosque is the first of its kind in the world. – A pioneering model in following best practices to achieve sustainability and preserve natural resources for a better environmental future, where the mosque’s platinum rating for green buildings is an indication of meeting international sustainability standards by achieving efficiency by creating healthy environments.” He added: “The department works with a message with a global orientation to spread and promote the values of Islamic moderation, develop charitable work and mosque architecture in accordance with the best international practices. The inauguration of the mosque is a reflection of excellence in initiatives that prioritize sustainable practices and human health.”
The mosque includes facilities for people of determination and a “green charger” station for electric cars, while contributing to the rationalization of about 26.5% of energy and 55% of water. The authority used building materials made of recycled materials in the construction of the mosque, and uses a highly efficient air purification system to provide a healthy and sustainable environment inside the mosque. Work is also underway to complete the installation of photovoltaic solar panels to provide the mosque with clean energy, in addition to a water treatment unit and reuse for irrigation, cleaning and other purposes.