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Abu Dhabi planners back projects covering 4m sq m during Q1

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council says it approved 13 development projects during first three months of 2014

Abu Dhabi planners back projects covering 4m sq m during Q1
Skyscrapers stand on the skyline viewed from the Central Market in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich sheikhdom that spent 36 billion Dirhams ($9.8 billion) bailing out its biggest developer in 2011, will probably reach for its checkbook again as property companies in the United Arab Emirates face a stalled market and deadlines to repay debt. (Credit: Bloomberg News)

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has announced that it approved 13 development projects covering over four million sq m during the first quarter of the year.

In a statement published by news agency WAM, thr UPC said 70 percent of the projects that were given the green light during Q1 were residential.

Five of the approved projects were master plans, with the remaining eight being detailed project plans, the statement said.

One of the biggest project approvals was for Aldar Properties' Al Raha Beach East Master Plan which consists of reclaimed land along the coast with a series of canals and islands interlinked by boulevards creating a unique waterfront community stretching over 20km.

It is the first phase of the overall Al Raha Beach development and will provide over 3,000 apartments, townhouses and villas as well as 50,000 sq m of prime Grade A office space.

Mohamed Al Khadar, executive director of Development Review and Estidama, UPC, said: "These approved projects bring us closer to achieving the goals of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

"The Development Review team is very careful and deliberate in its evaluation of all project proposals. Each one must adhere to our regulations and guidelines for planning Complete Sustainable Communities and take into account environmental, societal, cultural and economic factors, thereby ensuring that every new development is in line with the overall vision for the Emirate."

Since 2007, the UPC's Development Review Team has delivered 432 projects and master plans covering an area of 50 million sq m including the Zayed University, Al Maryah Island, the Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre and Yas Waterworld.

Other projects approved during Q1 included the Petroleum Institute on the Abu Dhabi mainland which will feature a new male undergraduate centre, a research centre and research park, a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and residential blocks.

Master plans for UAE national residential projects were also approved for Aldar Properties' Al Shabahat development in Al Ain and the Bida Al Mutawa development in Al Gharbia, which collectively will offer over 240 villas, as well as community centres, parks and mosques.

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