Masdar’s ‘The Link’ to get retail space


Masdar City in Abu Dhabi has started construction on “The Link,” a 30,000-square-metre sustainable community. This will include retail options, recreational facilities and outdoor plazas. According to a statement, the project is expected to create 2,000 jobs in the region.

The project is expected to achieve a significant reduction in energy use, powered by renewable energy sources. The development will offer residential units in various sizes, as well as dedicated office and commercial spaces. Amenities for residents will include a courtyard with play areas, a wellness zone, and more. The commercial space will feature retail options at the ground level.

A multi-use hall and visitor centre, spanning 3,300 square metres, will host conferences, exhibitions, and live performances, and will have a retail precinct on the ground floor as well as a restaurant on the first level.

Dutco has been announced as the contractor for the project.

The Link is part of Masdar City’s plan for sustainable urban development and aims to connect shared working and living spaces with other community amenities.

Ahmed Baghoum, Acting CEO of Masdar City, said, “The Link will model a new kind of sustainable community by connecting shared working and living space with other elements of a thriving neighbourhood, including places to shop, play, and relax, and local transportation. It is a key component of Masdar City’s ‘green-print’ for sustainable urban development and a wonderful way to honour this Year of Sustainability as the UAE prepares to host COP 28.”

Zayed Baker, the executive director of the Dutco Construction Group, added, “Masdar City’s rich legacy of sustainable construction and innovation make them an ideal partner for us. We’re honored to be bringing this historic development to life.”

Martin Baerschmidt, the managing director of EDGE, which designed The Link, commented, “Our priority was integrating the international sustainability principles that Masdar City is known for with world-class living, working, and recreational space to create a truly iconic architectural landmark and community experience.”