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Ten years ago, the UAE embarked on a $22 billion mission to build a zero-carbon city powered by the sun, cooled by the wind, and entirely dependent upon mass transit. But building the world’s first sustainable metropolis proved far trickier than anyone anticipated, and just 5 percent of Masdar City stands today.

French photographer Etienne Malapert takes you inside this stalled utopia with City of Possibilities. His captivating images reveal rows of silicon solar panels soaking up sunlight, futuristic towers rising above narrow streets, and exhausted workers cooling off in the shade. Despite the constant clamor of construction, the future is uncertain.

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