Understanding Estidama: Sustainability in the Middle East

Understanding Estidama: Sustainability in the Middle East


The pursuit of cutting-edge sustainability has been making waves in almost all industries including the field of design and production. Architectural firms banking on sustainability place emphasis not just on style and design but more importantly innovation, efficiency and Eco-friendliness.


In Abu Dhabi, a building design methodology called “Estidama,” which means sustainability in Arabic, was first introduced in May 2008 as part of Abu Dhabi’s Plan 2030. It seeks to transform Abu Dhabi into a model of sustainable urbanization. Most of the key aspects of this initiative, which is the first of its kind specifically tailored for the Middle East region, are also ingrained in some of Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council (UPC) policies such as the Development Code.

In the immediate term, Estidama is focused on the rapidly changing built environment. It is in this area that the UPC is making significant strides to influence projects under design, development and construction within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The department of Urban Planning and Municipalities enlisted their approved companies possess Pearl Qualified Professional(s) and have successfully achieved a Design Rating and/or Construction Rating, see list here.

The Pearl Rating System for Estidama (PRS) is one of the key tools for driving and determining sustainable development. The Pearl Rating System for Communities, Buildings and Villas provide a suite of tools that form the basis for sustainable development from master plan to finished building. The PRS aims to address the sustainability of a given development throughout its life cycle from design and construction through to operation.

From the beginning, our core service at Close System has been sustainability(Estidama and LEED) consultancy. Having been approved by the Urban Planning and Municipalities we inspire and lead design efforts toward the sustainable needs of each city or culture based on time period and their location in the Emirate. Essentially, our consultancy services see to it that our clients’ design efforts are in line with Estidama’s esteemed Pearl Rating System.

This criterion is organized into seven categories fundamental to sustainable development. (Ref. https://www.ecomena.org/green-building-mena/)


As active participants in the pursuit of sustainability, we constantly promote the value of innovation and sustainable business practices in everything we do. Our portfolio can attest to that.

Understanding Estidama Sustainability in the Middle East - Close System

Al Ain University in MBZ City, Sudan Embassy Building, Extension of Al Ain University in Al Jim, Dar Al Ber Mosque in Al Shamkha- Al Heeliya, Bin Tahnoon Building, Al Ruwikah Investment Villas in Al Ruwaikah, Al Ain, and 320 Villa Project in Ras Al Khaimah, are concrete proof of our commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Moreover, we ensure that both our team and our clients are well-educated and trained on the core principles of Estidama.

At Close System, we value our company’s long-term success while placing utmost care in utilizing resources efficiently. Our Sustainability team and green consultants are armed with the proper tools and knowledge needed to exceed client’s expectations and put Estidama in the forefront of every project.

We seek to design and construct buildings, cities and communities according to innovative green standards. It aims to develop infrastructures and global enterprises that promote sustainable design, utilize resources properly and improve the quality of life. After all, at the end of the day our key objective is to keep our vision aligned with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.