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Dubai ruler launches new policy to raise UAE living standards

New national policy aims to create 'vital residential communities' by ensuring provision of key facilities

Dubai ruler launches new policy to raise UAE living standards
According to the policy, residential communities must contain certain facilities that will support the lives of their residents and provide them with a "rich residential experience".

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has launched a new national policy which aims to improve living standards in the UAE.

The policy seeks to create "vital residential communities",  providing a new model of life in the country, in line with the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Centennial 2071, state news agency WAM reported.

It includes six key components - a suitable location, integrated facilities, cohesive communities, areas for interactive living, cultural participation, and smart systems - to prevent the isolation of residential neighbourhoods and facilitate transportation and communication.

According to the policy, residential communities must contain certain facilities that will support the lives of their residents and provide a "rich residential experience" such as shared gardens and sporting facilities.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the UAE prioritises the quality of life of its citizens, while its government has prioritised housing and is achieving sustainability in this vital sector.

"Our goal is to provide an integrated life for every citizen, and not only a place of residence. We want our residential communities to bring people together and improve their health and social cohesion. The integrated role of government sectors and authorities is to improve life quality in the UAE," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said in comments published by WAM.

"Today, we are beginning a new stage in developing vital residential communities, which facilitate and improve the lives of all citizens without exception," he added.

Sheikh Mohammed directed relevant authorities to begin adopting the policy and activating its regulations in the design and establishment of all the residential projects around the country.

The policy, which is developed by the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing, in cooperation with the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, aims to determine new principles and standards, to create residential communities that will improve the quality of life of citizens and their communities.