Win A Trip To Masdar City, Abu Dhabi — Write About Your Ideal City

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Masdar* has launched its third annual Engage Blogging Contest, which offers an excellent chance to visit Abu Dhabi, and, of course, Masdar City, during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The winner will have an all-expenses paid trip to Abu Dhabi the week of January 17, 2015, and will be Masdar’s guest blogger during this important event that brings about 35,000 professionals from all over the world annually. (You can also meet and hang out with me there! And enjoy one of the best cleantech conferences on the planet.)

This year’s theme, “Describe the Ideal City in 2030,” gives participants the opportunity to be creative in predicting how his or her city will look 15 years from now. Based on what you see unfolding in urban planning, along with developments in water, waste, energy, food production, and transportation, what do you think your city will look like in 2030? Contestants are encouraged to be creative: the topics and trends just mentioned are just a few ideas of how your city could evolve over the next decade and a half. Just write 500 to 600 words answering this question:

“Describe your city in 2030: what will occur due to changes in energy, transportation and water technologies, and how will they transform how you live?”

So who should enter? Really anyone who is interested in sustainability, green building, smart cities, and clean technologies should throw his or her hat into the ring. The contest welcomes entries from students and professionals (as well as armchair experts) who are keen on being part of one of the world’s largest most sustainability events—and the largest in the Middle East. Last year’s winner, an architect in New York City, in part inspired this year’s theme. What is most important is the overall quality and creativity of your post. Other factors, including the voting on Masdar’s page, as well as mentions in social media, will also factor into the equation of finding a winner.

Simply write your post, and if you have a blog, cross-post it on your site and be sure to link it to this page. Leave a comment on that page linking back to your blog, and do not forget to mention the Masdar Engage Blogging Contest in your post. If you do not have a blog, that is fine; you can send a draft to

Qualifying posts will be published on Masdar’s Engage page, and will be accepted until January 2, 2015, at midnight EST. More details on the contest’s rules are here.

Good luck, and remember, this is a chance to show other professionals out there your thoughts on how advances in sustainable technologies can change the world in the near future.


*This articles was sponsored by Masdar.

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4 thoughts on “Win A Trip To Masdar City, Abu Dhabi — Write About Your Ideal City

  • We don’t we come up with a list of our own ideas?

  • Do a little research on the UAE before you decide to go there.

    • I’ve been there 3 times. Good to do some research, but it’s quite easy for and easy on most visitors. Not like several other Middle Eastern countries. And the Masdar crew takes very good care of you.

    • Yup, research indeed. It is where women will get raped and then women will get jailed for reporting the rape because they have sex out of wedlock. That is the logic of the people living there in the Middle East. Middle East and generally Muslim countries is no place for women. So I salute the women who can live there. Here’s an example of actual incident in Dubai:

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