Abu Dhabi plans future of capital

Government outlines plans to develop Abu Dhabi City into a global capital based on Arab community values.
By Lynne Roberts
Thu 20 Sep 2007 12:39 AM

The Abu Dhabi Government has published a development plan for the city of Abu Dhabi that will guide planning decisions for the next quarter of a century.

‘Plan Abu Dhabi 2030: Urban Structure Framework Plan’ was developed by an international planning taskforce in consultation with the government, and aims to underpin the ongoing evolution of Abu Dhabi as a global capital city.

Under the plan, the city is projected to grow to over three million people by 2030. The plan provides for large areas of new Emirati housing inspired by traditional family structures, and a diverse mix of affordable housing options for residents.

The plan specifies land uses, building heights and transport plans for the city through ten individual policy statements.

It states Abu Dhabi will be a ‘contemporary expression of an Arab city’ and will continue its practice of measured growth, reflecting a sustainable economy.

It pledges to respect the natural environment of coastal and desert ecologies, and to manifest the role of Abu Dhabi as a capital city.

Infrastructure will enable the values and culture of the Arab community, it says.

A body has been established to oversee the implementation of the plan and the further development of urban planning policy. The Urban Planning Council (UPC) will be chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, chairman of the Executive Council and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

“This urban plan provides a strong and comprehensive foundation for the development of the city of Abu Dhabi, in a strategic and coordinated way. It will ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy and be inspired by ongoing access to the desert, sea and natural assets that are integral to our national identity, while building a global capital with its own rich cultural heritage” he said in a statement.

The UPC will work together with public and private sectors to implement the plan. The private sector was widely consulted during development of the plan, and was formally briefed on its contents prior to publication.

The Urban Planning Council will also facilitate constructive dialogue between the public and private sectors involved in the real estate and property development sector in Abu Dhabi.

Falah Al Ahbabi, named as general manager said “Today's publication represents an unparalleled opportunity for the real estate sector to express their entrepreneurial and creative spirit within the coordinated framework of a strong and decisive plan for the city. It is essential that the public and private sectors work together to achieve the vision laid out by the Government in an environment that can be beneficial for everyone.”

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