The tour first provided a birds-eye view of the Shams 1 power project, located in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. The 100-megawatt power plant generates enough energy to power 20,000 homes and displace 175,000 tons of CO2. The winners then flew back to Abu Dhabi and observed the progress at Masdar City, the growing, low-carbon sustainable urban development.
“I took my daughter along because we share a passion for renewable energy and the environment,” said Ghassan Ali, a 56-year-old university instructor and one of the competition winners. “We support the work being undertaken by organizations like Masdar, so for us seeing Masdar City and Shams 1 from a helicopter has been an unforgettable experience.”
Andy Staples, a 27-year-old architect said: “I have nothing but admiration for the work Masdar is doing to create a more sustainable future. I work in construction so I really appreciate what it takes to build projects of this scale. These projects are truly impressive. I also love helicopters so to combine the two was extra special.”