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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince backs $1bn Al Dhafra projects

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan approves series of development projects for Al Dhafra region

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince backs $1bn Al Dhafra projects
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. (NEZAR BALOUT/AFP/Getty Images)

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has approved a series of development projects valued at over AED3.86 billion ($1.03 billion) for the Al Dhafra region.

The projects, which aim to improve local housing, education and health services and provide work opportunities for the residents of Al Dhafra, are being monitored by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, state news agency WAM reported.

"Adopting the series of developmental projects in Al Dhafra is part of the wise leadership’s efforts to achieve the happiness and welfare of the emirate’s citizens, and there is no doubt that these projects will advance the Al Dhafra region in terms of infrastructure and public services," said Sheikh Hamdan.

He also highlighted the importance of continuing the successes achieved in the areas of education, housing and community development.

He said the projects will provide opportunities for the private sector to participate in developing the Al Dhafra region that is a major part of Abu Dhabi’s economy and its largest region in terms of area and population, which is over 334,000 people.

The projects aim to improve local government services and the quality of life of local residents. Infrastructure projects valued at AED2.6 billion will be also launched to develop the emirate’s infrastructure, including by re-developing ports and residential lands, as well as launching future residential projects.

The projects also include developing the infrastructure of the eastern and southern marinas in Ghayathi and residential land in Marina 21 in Madinat Zayed, as well as rehabilitating the 3 West Marina in Madinat Zayed.

A total of AED1.2 billion was also allocated to developing and improving roads and transportation networks, such as the road parallel to the E45 Road in Madinat Zayed, as well as a project to develop Hamim Maqtara Road. Another project will expand the road that connects Al Helio to Abu Al Abyad Island.

A special budget was allocated to conduct the necessary research to identify the future needs of the region’s medical services, to provide the best healthcare services to local residents, and there are currently seven hospitals and 29 centres and clinics that have a total of 345 beds in Al Dhafra.

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