With the growing Eco-Friendly campaigns that are trying to raise environmental awareness in order to maintain and keep the environment clean for future generations, the Muslim community began to adopt this same vision towards a better environment and work on the creation and implementation of ideas and projects to serve the Muslim world while keeping the environment safe .
On the top of the list, we find officials in the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and endowments in Dubai announcing the launch of the new project of the first environment-friendly Mosque which will be built using the green technology. This is a unique experience that is estimated to cost the government of around 25 million Dirham (around 6,800,000 Dollars).
The mosque can accommodate about 3,500 worshipers, and is expected to be implemented within 18 months which is by the end of 2013 .The mosque is expected to reduce energy and water consumption by about 18 percent.
Dubai is seeking to make this new mosque a model for the future to be built mosques under the directions of his highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and constitutional monarch of Dubai.
His highness believes in the need to apply the best international standards for being environment friendly which suites the current reality of the Emirate of Dubai. The adoption of Green Building standards in the construction process will lead Dubai to move towards the global sustainable development.
Moreover, authorities in Dubai aim within this framework to convert a large number of the present mosques in Dubai to be Eco-friendly mosques and adopt the green building standards to contribute to the sustainable development plans adopted by the country.
The new mosque will be the largest mosque in the Emirate of Dubai in terms of space and the number of worshipers, as the mosque will be 45,000-square-foot and will be built in a 105,000-square-foot area, and will apply the green building standards by consulting a specialist consultant to develop the standards for green buildings.
These green building standards include the plantation of green space in the land of the mosque, and the exploitation of solar panels to heat water for the worshipers and the house of the Imam and other parts of the mosque, adding to the possibility of the re- use of water through recycling and filtration to be used for planting and toilets, and the use of environmental friendly materials in the construction of the mosque, and reduce water consumption through the use of modern techniques and the improvement of the performance of the air conditioning system and purity of the air through the use of technical equipment with high efficiency in line with international standards.
Moving to Saudi Arabia, some students from the Faculty of Engineering invented an Eco-friendly vehicle that depends on solar-powered to run in the holy sites to serve the pilgrims.
The vehicle carries up to 6 passengers and runs at a speed up to 40 km/ hour.
The head of Mechanical Engineering Department and the supervisor of the project said the idea of the project came from looking at the problems resulting from fuel vehicles, and from their air pollution, and the noise generated by their engines, and traffic congestion caused by their size, in addition to problems resulting from the electric vehicles that are used in the holy places.