Owned by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the third phase will be developed by a Masdar-led consortium. The consortium won the project in July 2016, as a result of offering the lowest recorded bid for a solar plant at the time, valued at 2.99 US cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h).
Construction of Phase 3 began in Januar 2017. The first 200 MW came on stream in April 2018, becoming the largest solar power plant to track the path of the sun, and first of its kind in the Middle East. The second 300 MW is scheduled to be completed by April 2019, and the final 300 MW is planned for April 2020, to coincide with the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.
When complete, the 800MW facility will offset 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.