It was a a normal Thursday evening. After work I invited my good folks – Chris & Alex to join me for a dinner at Sumo – Sushi & Bento Japanese Restaurant located inside the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology @ Masdar City. For the record, this is already our second attempt to go there. It was me and Chris only who went there first time after attending Sunday mass in order to satisfy my cravings for Japanese foods because I really love it! Unfortunately, we were lost towards Masdar and my GPS device headed us to Masdar City office located in Musaffah. However, I did not give up and yes, finally we did it last October 10, 2013.
The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) is a graduate level, research-oriented university which is focused on alternative energy, sustainability, and the environment. It is located in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Wikipedia, et.al).
Masdar Institute is an integral part of the non-profit side of the Masdar Initiative and will be the first institution to occupy Masdar City. The Technology and Development Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is providing scholarly assessment and advice to Masdar Institute. (Wikipedia, et.al).
Heading towards inside in the institute is through riding the PRT (Personal Rapid Transit). I would say that it is truly a once in a life time experience too since it is the only facility here in Abu Dhabi where such type of transit is available and can be experienced. PRT is an on-demand transportation system that combines the adventure of a private car and public transportation.
The PRT runs on lithium batteries which are powered by solar energy produced at Masdar City. It carbon-free and environmentally friendly. Manufactured and it is designed by the legendary Italian designer Zagato which has designed cars for Ferrari and Aston Martin among others.
The PRT uses a virtual software to guide its journey, using magnets within the floor surface. Designed to the highest international safety standards, it uses advance collision avoidance sensors. The network is constantly monitored to ensure a safe and an uninterrupted journey.
Our last stop is at the SUMO – SUSHI & BENTO Japanese Restaurant where we enjoyed sumptuous Japanese delight cuisines! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Would you like to visit also Masdar Institute and try riding the PRT? Are you also fond of Japanese foods like us?