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New law set to lower construction costs in Abu Dhabi

Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities issues legislation to regulate the construction of private villas in Abu Dhabi

New law set to lower construction costs in Abu Dhabi
The legislation reduces the minimum size of bedrooms, kitchens, dining areas and majlis seating areas in response to feedback from landowners requesting more flexibility.

The Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) has issued legislation to regulate the construction of private villas in Abu Dhabi, which aims to reduce construction costs for landowners.

The new legalisation regulations are aligned with the Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Programme, Ghadan 21, to review the infrastructure policies and reduce building costs, state news agency WAM reported.

The legislation reduces the minimum size of bedrooms, kitchens, dining areas and majlis seating areas in response to feedback from landowners requesting more flexibility.

As part of the new law, landowners will no longer have to construct a hallway in their new home, and the maximum height for side fences has now been lowered from six to four metres, all of which will reduce the cost of construction, WAM said.

It added that the new legislation also allows landowners to build extensions to their properties overlooking a street.

Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, executive director of the Strategic Affairs Sector at the DPM, said: “The legislation will lower building costs for landowners, providing practical and modern solutions that can be easily applied, speeding up the delivery of housing projects and improving quality of life for residents.

“Compliance with the legislation will help stimulate business, investment, community development and enhance lifestyle, while increasing the Emirate's competitiveness.”

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