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How Abu Dhabi plans to improve quality of life for residents

Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities unveils urban projects to raise liveability standards in the UAE capital

How Abu Dhabi plans to improve quality of life for residents
Falah Al Ahbabi, chairman of DPM.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) has revealed a wide array of new urban development projects that aim to improve quality of life and liveability in the city.

Under the banner of Transforming Our Abu Dhabi, these projects include a network of new cycle paths throughout the city and a maritime hub using more than 50 taxis connecting 10 areas and attractions in the city.

The DPM is also redeveloping many of the city’s most important arterial roads and increasing walkability to reduce reliance on automobiles.

The DPM said it is regenerating 11 parks in the city and developing three themed parks as well as new ‘pocket’ or ‘verge parks’ and plazas in some of the busiest areas in 2019.

In addition, it said it is creating 45km of exercise trails, rest pods as well as significant development of the Corniche Beachfront and Al Bateen waterfronts that will improve accessibility.

Falah Al Ahbabi, chairman of DPM said: “City happiness is the intended outcome of the project and one of the ways in which we can achieve this is through a healthier and more inclusive Abu Dhabi.

“Today we are unveiling part of the pioneering vision of our government for the development of our city. Abu Dhabi has been at the forefront of experimenting with sustainable neighbourhood development for more than a decade. By harnessing technology and innovation, we are working to enhance urban environment and reducing environmental impact."

Al Ahbabi added: “The cities that will lead the way in terms of lifestyle improvements will be the ones with the capacity to integrate ambitious social targets to their development plans. One of the conditions set up by our leadership is to constantly measure progress in terms of engaging and including our communities in the design, planning and management of our city."

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