By Parag Deulgaonkar
UPC official says mandatory for all diplomatic missions to also move to Zayed City
All UAE federal government offices and diplomatic missions in Abu Dhabi will have to move to Zayed City once it is ready, a senior government official has said.
The 45-square kilometre mega development is being built between Abu Dhabi International Airport and Mohammed bin Zayed City with the infrastructure work scheduled for completion in 2020.
“It will be mandatory for all federal offices and diplomatic missions to shift to the city's federal and diplomatic districts after they are completed,” Hamad Al Mutawa, senior planning manager, planning and policy department, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), told Arabian Business.
“This will solve a lot of land issues that we have now and traffic as well,” he added without giving any timeframe on when the move will happen.
At present, infrastructure work has started on the Emirati neighbourhood and the southern spine, a mixed-use district.
“These districts have been approved and Musanada [Abu Dhabi General Services Company] is developing the infrastructure,” Al Mutawa said, adding work will follow on the northern spine, diplomatic and federal precincts thereafter.
Wow. Imagine if say the UK government told all the world embassies in London to move out of their central London offices and move to one central area in say Croydon. How much must the US have spent on their embassy in Abu Dhabi already to make sure it's fully secure against physical and spy attacks, will they have to build a new bespoke building? I suspect we haven't heard the last of this.
This is going to be interesting. They are going to have to start building these embassies now if they are going to meet 2020 target.
At least it will solve the parking in down town Abu Dhabi, but the traffic out to the new location is going to be a nightmare.
They should look at how Brazil accomplished this when the capital was moved from Rio to Brasilia.
The country of Myanmar did something similar, although they renamed their capital, to Nay Pyi Taw. It actually is an efficient idea to centrally locate Embassies and government offices to one location. Possibly the Abu Dhabi government will provide some sort of support to Embassies to rebuild and this is more secure.