The foundation stone of Silicon Park, the UAE’s first integrated free zone technology park in Dubai Silicon Oasis was laid by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA).

The development spans 15ha and is being constructed at a cost of $350m (AED1.3bn), Dubai Media Office reported.

Set for completion in Q4 2018, Silicon Park will comprise 7.1ha of office space, 2.5ha of commercial space, 4.6ha of residential area, and a 115-key hotel, Radisson Red Dubai Silicon Oasis.

It will also feature restaurants, cafés, prayer rooms, a shopping centre, and an underground parking space that will accommodate more than 2,500 cars.

As a smart community, Silicon Park will feature intelligent solutions from charging docks for smart devices on the streets to smart pop-up furniture, and digital play tables, as well as optimally designed bus shelters, piazza shading, and other public amenities.

Furthermore, its residential units will boast remote-controlled systems that can regulate lighting, air conditioning, and electrical appliances in addition to controlling the movement of windows and curtains.

Silicon Park’s sports amenities will include health and fitness centres as well as running tracks and cycling trails.

Once open, the project will offer a range of office spaces and business facilities including meeting rooms and a multi-purpose conference centre.

In compliance with Dubai Municipality’s Green Building Regulations and Specifications and international LEED standards, DSOA seeks to ensure environmental sustainability in all its initiatives, the report said.

Silicon Park will leverage green building materials and control mechanisms as well as solar panels and double-glazed windows to reduce heat absorption.

The project will optimise the use of renewable energy resources and adopt measures to achieve efficiency in energy consumption.

In line with this objective, it will feature smart lighting systems with motion sensor controls that respond to traffic and pedestrians.

Silicon Park will also include a control centre that collects and analyses data gathered through sensor devices.

The collated information will enable seamless management of smart devices to ensure the delivery of best-in-class smart services to employees, residents, and visitors.

Completely free of regular vehicles, Silicon Park will use electricity-powered alternatives as the primary mode of transportation.

All residents and visitors owning electric vehicles will be able to access the charging stations set up across the premises.

In addition, they will have the option to use smart rechargeable electric bikes as a means of conveyance.