Hundreds of expatriates and Emiratis attended Masdar City’s first Market Street Fair and Organic Market this past Friday. A friendly family affair complete with cotton candy, clowns, and princess fairies, the event gave locals and visitors alike their first glimpse of some of the world’s most sustainable architectural and cleantech developments. It also gave local businesses such as the Little Fair Trade Shop, Ekotribe, and Bokashi the chance to show off their eco-friendly wares, while organizations such as the Land Art Generator Initiative and the Middle East Vegetarian Group likewise strutted their good green stuff.
Although remarkably well-attended, all was not smooth. Only one set of bathrooms was available for the throng, the pod car journey was exciting but unsightly, Mazaraa Organic farm nearly cooked their ducks and goats alive in the roaring sun, and visitors had to line up for a solid 20-30 minutes in order to ride the pod cars back to the entrance. Since the small center of the future Masdar City has never before experienced such a large influx of curious bodies, these hiccups are to be expected, and organizers have until September to fix them. But it was otherwise an enormous success.
More on Masdar City:
All images by Tafline Laylin