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by CW Staff on Sep 26, 2010

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31. Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi
General Manager
Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council was established in 2007 and has wasted little time in embracing its roles and responsibilities.

The man at the coal-face is General Manager Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, and under his leadership, the Vision 2030 and Abu Dhabi 2030 Urban Structure Framework Plan, a strategy formulated to optimise the emirate’s development through a 25-year programme of urban evolution, have been drafted, approved and put into place.

Al Ahbabi’s department has also been deeply involved in the implementation of the Estidama sustainability initiatives which are designed to reflect more regionally appropriate ratings than other broadbrush international systems. Unlike LEED or BREEAM, the Estidama system is a collection of ideals that are imposed in an elective building code type of format. Within Estidama is a green building rating system called the Pearl Rating System, used to evaluate sustainable design in Abu Dhabi.

Al Ahbabi says, “We are proud of what we have achieved so far, yet we constantly strive to reach new heights of excellence by introducing new concepts, technologies and innovations, always remaining respectful of our Arab culture.”

“It has been a life-enhancing journey, a travel littered
with soul-discovering experiences, a distance so long
yet still far from the final destination. Our horizon is clear,
our directions chartered, and our compass, the
Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, firmly guides our steps.”

Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi

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