The UAE’s eco-friendly, robotic city looks more like a ghost town

September 24, 2014 9:33 am Tags: , , , No Comments 0

A podcar in Masdar City

The United Arab Emirates’ pre-planned < strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Masdar City is supposed to be a shining beacon of technology between its clean energy and automated cars. However, it has hit a few roadblocks, including the financial crisis from the last decade — and the result is less of a Utopia and more of a ghost town. If you need proof, < strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Quartier Libre has posted an eerie video tour (below) of Masdar as it stood this summer. With just a few thousand residents, many of the buildings and high-tech facilities sit unused; it’s as if everyone suddenly went on vacation. The city should be more welcoming once it’s completed sometime after 2020, but for now it’s not exactly a tourist’s dream. Not unless you really enjoy haunted houses, that is.

[Image credit: Jan Seifert, Flickr]

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