Work set to start on new Abu Dhabi downtown

New Khalifa City project will provide housing for up to 370,000 people and a special area for embassies, government ministry buildings and financial institutions
Work set to start on new Abu Dhabi downtown
By CW staff
Sun 10 Nov 2013 12:30 PM

Abu Dhabi general services company, Musanada, has announced that it is set to begin construction on the new 49 square kilometre New Khalifa City project.

According to media reports, the site being developed on land between Khalifa City A and B and Mohammed Bin Zayed City will provide housing for up to 370,000 people, plus a new downtown area for Abu Dhabi containing embassies, government ministry buildings and financial institutions.

A separate area will also be created that will be dedicated to schools, entertainment and sports facilities.

A new neigbourhood containing lots of low-density housing for Emirati nationals on a 1,440 hectare site to the south and south east of the new city centre. It will be developed in three phases, with tenders for the infrastructure work due to be finalised within the next few days.

The first phase of housing will take two years to complete and contain 2,723 residential plots - most of which have already been distributed to nationals. Phase II is expected to take 278 months and phase three a further two years.

Musanada's executive director for buildings and project management, Ali Haj Al Meharbi, said the project is "one of the key aspirations of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030”.

“The project is a major developmental initiative designed to enhance the status of Abu Dhabi, as a global sustainable capital city that meets the needs of future generations."

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