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Eco-friendly rules aim to transform Abu Dhabi

Gov't launches new initiative in effort to turn UAE's capital into green city.

An interim set of community planning guidelines to ensure sustainable development in Abu Dhabi were unveiled on Wednesday by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC).

The new regulations from the emirate’s green initiative, Estidama, will ensure all developments adopt a range of sustainable features including shortening of streets to encourage more walking and promoting greater use of recycling stations.

The guidelines, which will eventually become mandatory, will also boost the amount of green space in the emirate. For every 10,000 people the city will have a minimum of 2 hectares of open space.

Abu Dhabi is seeking to transform itself into a green city in line with the city’s master plan, Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.

“At the Urban Planning Council we look at sustainability as one of the main pillars for all of our developments,” Falah Al Ahbabi, general manager at the Urban Planning Council in Abu Dhabi told Arabian Business.

The draft guidelines will be tested by developers and government entities he said.

“This is a vital first step to ensure we build a strong foundation for sustainable urban planning addressing different sustainability concerns from a building scale to a selected community as a whole," he said.

“Community design is an essential element of the Estidama programme which is the first of its kind to incorporate relevant social and cultural factors into sustainable urban planning.”

The community guidelines will cover eight key topics; development patterns, alternative energy production, mobility and transportation, water conservation, natural resources, balanced, livable communities and integrated solid waste management.

Abu Dhabi is also building the world’s first carbon free eco city, Masdar City.

The city will be home to more then 50,000 people as well as 1,500 international businesses all based in the field of sustainable and alternative energy.

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John R. Diedam 11 years ago

I am pleased to see such a focus put on to such a world class destiny as Abu Dhabi. Our company has been promoting Green environments and sustainability for over 50 years. With simple door closers which last 10,000,000 cycles unlike our competitors made from aluminum and end up in land fills after a few years, to brass door locks in which we sell back the scrap to our vendors for recycling. Now if we can get the contractors to support this initiative with construction practices and products that last, this initiative will be a huge success.

Hal-Luke 11 years ago

I must congratulate Abu Dhabi UPC for taking the initiative. A well placed strategy that would make Abu Dhabi one of the great cities to live in!