Masdar City

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jqg
Chichester, UK39 contributions
Jun 2022
Don't visit on a Saturday, as everything is closed. As someone interested in the issues Masdar is looking to address I was disappointed that there is no visitors centre, and no displays explaining the concept.
There is however an enormous car park (2 actually) and a large diesel powered generator welcomes you if you walk in from the airport (about 2.5km, possible in winter, hot in summer, but you have to walk on the road). Given Abu Dhabi now has a bike-sharing scheme an idea would be to extend it to Masdar.
The place is worth a visit if you are interested in architecture, town planning etc. As others say it is a ghost town. There is a shopping mall (which must be struggling to cover its costs) and a nice park (if temperatures allow), together with a university and other public buildings. The downloadable self-guided tour helps add some context, and the Siemens building has a small display in their foyer. It is however somewhat crazy that that this is Lonely Planet's top sight in Abu Dhabi.
Written June 20, 2022
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Modhayan
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia117 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
My sister in law is a student at Masdar, hence I had the chance to visit it with a very knowledgeable tour guide that has A LOT to say about every corner and curve.

Every single facility has a story behind it, a quite interesting story. Main attractions to see, I would vote for: the library, the dorms, the wind tower, the solar farms and of course the PRT system.

Visiting Masdar can also be a spiritual trip for those who believe in a bright future, or even believe in a Middle Eastern bright future.

Like any other attraction in UAE, this place is best visited in the cool seasons - anytime but June, July, August and September.

I even was lucky to have my sister in law's house some 15 minutes walking distance away from Masdar. I got a chance to cycle all the way there both at night and day and tour around the Solar farms with my bike. Check this bubble out, I got it while in the solar farm: http://on.bubb.li/269164aktkgxyd376kltw07/
Written August 11, 2014
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Kwik S
Dubai60 contributions
I am very disappointed of this place. This is masdar city and should be the place of the future? This place has huge potential but today there is nothing to see except the automatic vehicles. I would not advice you to go there as tourist.
Written November 1, 2014
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Lexy R
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
Aug 2013 • Family
Went there today with a friend and her 2 yr old son. We arrived at the opening time. So we could get a parking spot in the underground area to escape the summer heat. Only to be told by the unhelpful security guard that the parking was full and we would have to park outside (which is a fair walk with child and a pram) The shuttle bus that the gate guard told us would be there was no where to be seen, so we walked. All the lifts were out of order. So we climbed the stairs pram and child in tow. No one around to help us. After a short browse in the shop. The poor child got sick. Not a single staff member in the shop offered us paper towels so we could clean him and the mess up. They just stared. We were nowhere near the toilet facilities. We had to ask the staff and finally a kitchen roll appeared. We also had to ask them if there was a mop or something similar to clean the floor. Their reaction time was in slow motion. They just stared all the time.
Written September 2, 2013
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BTS1972
Munich, Germany3,477 contributions
Sep 2016 • Business
This location is a play pretend. It tries to project an ecologic image for the area. But when looking behind the curtain, it quite obvious that a large discrepancy between story and reality does exist.
Written March 2, 2017
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Maninasuitcase_10
Abu Dhabi317 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
What's all the fuss about??? A little compound outside town that's suppose to have zero carbon foot print....located by the airport and all the building material used in its construction comes from thousands of miles away. The irony is mind numbing! The best way I can describe the feel of the place is a 1960's Soviet project gone wrong!!
Written September 6, 2013
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Louis R
London, UK1 contribution
May 2012 • Friends
This morning, we went to the Masdar City. We took a cab from Abu Dhabi and we arrived there in almost 35 minutes (from the Manassir area), and paid about 65 dhs. As they said, there are electric automatic cars that take you straight to the Masdar City.

When we arrived there, we thought of looking around. In a couple of minutes, we had done the whole tour of the city. It's unfortunately still quite small and there are still many constructions happening around.
We considered then going into the different centres (wave center, wind center, solar center...).
It turns out that we cannot access them without a tour guide, which you had to book earlier on the internet.

So we tried to get as much information possible by ourselves by reading the different panels (which was not fun). SO... Don't forget to book a tour guide before you go, because you won't really enjoy it!

p.s. I checked the website again to find a "tour guide application" and I wasn't able to find one.
The only way I found was to go to the Contact Us section and send an email asking for a
tour guide reservation
Written May 6, 2012
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MGB999
Rio Verde, AZ271 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
We may have visited Masdar City on an off day, but it was very quiet. Lots of big plans in place but not yet ready.
Written January 30, 2019
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Jwebuser
Washington DC, DC145 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends

Don't miss it out! Worth a visit. Her is our itinery in Abu Dhabi:
Day 1 and 2 Took Taxi to:
1. Emirates Palace 8 star Hotel;
2. Ethihad Tower (ticket 85drh, 50 redeemable from food), across from Emirates Palace ;
3. Grand Mosque (free, Long selves dress and head covered for women)
Free water taxi from hotel to hotel and shopping area;
4. Island with beach,
5. Farari World
6. Masdar City, green city with self driving car
Written April 7, 2017
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Rahul Habbu
Mumbai, India92 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
We went there with kids but had nothing much to do except for the solar driven auto car which takes you around no other activity ....not worth going.
Written October 9, 2014
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