UWI to create cities for 15 million people by 2030by James Morgan on Feb 23, 2017
United World Infrastructure (UWI) has unveiled its plan to offer new cities and urban centres to 15 million people by 2030.
The Dubai-based investment, development, and management organisation, which also has an office in Washington DC, will cater to growing demand for middleweight cities, in line with rises in urban migration and the global population.
UWI stated its intention to continue to work with government partners and community representatives to co-develop built environments that are integrated within existing rural or urban frameworks.
Vafa Valapour, principal at UWI, said: “1.2 billion people will move to cities over the next 15 years; an unprecedented rate of migration that will present nations and their government with both challenges and opportunities.
“Cities have been the bedrock of progress, economic development, and opportunity, and they must continue to deliver prosperity and social mobility to the millions who will seek it.”
In 2010, UWI launched its flagship development, Medini Iskandar, Malaysia – a city designed to accommodate 400,000 people. Built on more than 900ha of land in Johor, the community was developed in partnership with the Malaysian government’s sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, and Mitsui & Co.
Valapour said that UWI’s UAE base would prove instrumental in allowing the organisation to meet its 2030 target.
“Our approach to urban development is underpinned by our commitment to building better, happier cities, and accelerating a new age of urbanisation that harmonises the citizen experience with the need for cities to be economically and environmentally sustainable,” he explained.
“Our strategic location in Dubai, which allows us to access much of the frontier world, will be key to offering infrastructure services to 15 million people by 2030,” Valapour concluded.