Top 10 Green Building Projects

The Middle East region has made substantial progress in terms of sustainable building designs and the field of green buildings in recent years. Energy efficiency buildings are gaining more popular in the Middle East with designers and construction firms finding the most ‘eco-friendly’ ways to get buildings made. With a third of the world’s energy being utilized in construction and building operation, the concept of green buildings is becoming more and more popular worldwide.

Care to take a closer look into 10 of the finest green and sustainable buildings in Middle East? Here they are:

  • King Abdullah Financial District

Located in Riyadh, King Abdullah Financial District consists of 59 towers in an area of 1.6 million square metres. One of its iconic skyscrapers is the 140,000 sqm Tadawul Tower, which had been certified a LEED back in 2010. This futuristic building features built-in sun shading devices and solar panels.


  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The KAUST campus earned a Platinum rating on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scale for its sustainable architecture in June 2010. The sustainable campus is located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.


  • Dubai Smart Sustainable City

The 14,000 hectare city is shaped like a desert flower with the roof of homes and building designs covered with solar panels to provide 200mw of electricity. Recently, the Sustainable City had been visited by The Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC). Expected to be completed in 2020, the city aims to produce 50 percent of its own energy.

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  • DEWA’s Sustainable Building

The establishment is the largest government building in the world to secure a LEED Platinum Rating for Green Buildings. The building applies green features to help it reduce consumption of energy by 66% and water by 48%. Also, 36% of its construction material used is recycled content.


  • Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Built in 2005, the hospital aims for a Two Pearl rating under the Estidama (developed by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council) guidelines for sustainable design, equivalent to a LEED Gold certification from the US.

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  • Msheireb

This 31 hectare land is the world’s largest collection of LEED certified buildings while showcasing the latest and greatest green design elements as well as incorporating traditional Arabian Architecture.


  • The Qatar City Education Convention Center

The convention center spans across an area of 185,806 sqm with a roof that has been specially designed to incorporate over 353 sqm meters of solar panels. These solar panels will be responsible for providing 12,5 percent of the structure’s energy.


  • Siemens Headquarters

The building occupies 18,000 sqm of land and reduces energy consumption by almost 50% compared to conventional buildings of the same size. This striking building is Abu Dhabi’s first LEED Platinum Building.


  • Bee’ah

Designed by Zaha Hadid, Bee’ah building addresses environmental solution in the structure, work environment and innovative design. This 7,000 sqm building powered by renewable energy aims to be completed by 2018.


  • The Headquarters of Pacific Controls

With the solar thermal air-conditioning, photovotaic cells for lighting, water-efficient equipment and collective water treatment plan, this building is the first Platinum rated green building in the Middle East and also the 16th in the world.

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