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High-level committee examines Abu Dhabi growth

Plan Capital Update Committee aims to deliver 'solid vision' for emirate in 2030

High-level committee examines Abu Dhabi growth

A high-level steering committee is examining Abu Dhabi’s rampant growth rate, with population projections, transport, utilities and the environment all featuring in an analysis of its 2030 plan.

Co-ordinated by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, the Plan Capital 2030 Update Steering Committee is considering and discussing initial growth scenarios that are being developed as part of the plan update, as well as future needs.

Population projections, transport, utilities and the environment are all also on the agenda, with the scenarios to be discussed at length at a planned workshop.

Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed Al Nahyan, project director at the council, said Abu Dhabi was witnessing diversified and rapid growth which he attributed to a “solid vision” and constant support towards the development of a diversified and sustainable Emirate.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that the plan is aligned with and supports the continuation of the Emirate’s growth by creating a plan that is capable of adapting to any new developments over the project lifecycle,” he said.

“This urges us to place a greater emphasis to ensure the Emirate’s economic and urban framework plans are compatible with and complement each other.”

After a meeting over the weekend, the committee is due to present to a Charette, or workshop, from Sunday to Thursday this week.

In a statement, the council said that initial maps and plans will be showcased at the Charette, with various growth options included.

Among consideration will be different approaches for forecasting population growth and the identification of areas that can accommodate the population boom.

“These approaches include an assessment of existing infrastructure and transportation networks, both in terms of capacity and current usage, and the anticipated outcome of building out existing areas to full capacity,” the council said in a statement.

“The subsequent redistribution of the capital region’s population is partially based on the capacity of these areas.”