Sustainable energy and water solutions are to be developed on Abu Dhabi's environment-oriented tourism destination Sir Bani Yas island by the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) and Masdar.
The companies yesterday signed an agreement to launch a number of initiatives as part of the island's emphasis on conservation.
"This agreement enhances our sustainability credentials and represents an important step in our commitment to environmental and conservation tourism," said TDIC Managing Director Mubarak Al Muhairi.
"We continue to build best-in-class partnerships in order to fulfil our obligations and responsibilities to ensure that Sir Bani Yas and the rest of the Desert Islands become a regional showpiece of sustainability."
Sir Bani Yas is one of eight natural islands that make up the Desert Islands tourist destination tourism destination in Abu Dhabi's Al Gharbia, or Western Region.
The first phase of the development – featuring an up-market 64-room resort and spa, a nature conservation area and a variety of adventure and nature-based activities – was launched recently.
"Not only will this help the Desert Islands to minimise the environmental impact but it sends a clear message about Abu Dhabi's intention to play a decisive role in the future use and direction of future energy," added Al Muhairi.
Masdar and TDIC will examine a number of possible projects including eco-friendly transportation and waste-to-energy recycling systems.
Masdar Chief Executive Dr Sultan Al Jaber said: "We are delighted that TDIC wants to embark on the path of sustainable real estate and are pleased to offer our experience."