Abu Dhabi thinks ahead

Abu Dhabi has revealed its '2030 master plan', with an estimated investment of US $163 billion (AED600 billion).

Culture Village on Saadiyat Island is one of the smaller districts that feature in the plan.
Culture Village on Saadiyat Island is one of the smaller districts that feature in the plan.

Abu Dhabi has revealed its '2030 master plan', with an estimated investment of US $163 billion (AED600 billion).

Under 'Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 - Urban Structure Framework Plan', the emirate will have four major districts: Central Business District, the Lulu Island District, the Grand Mosque District and the Capital District. Falah Al Ahbabi, associate director of Urban Planning Affairs, said: "Abu Dhabi is seeking to become an internationally recognised business and tourism destination, offering state-of-the-art luxury combined with the emirate's own rich culture and heritage. Only by having an effective long term plan for the emirate's rapidly expanding urban environment, will we be able to achieve this."

In addition to the four main districts, the plan features smaller districts such as the Recreation and Leisure District on Yas Island, and Cultural District on Saadiyat Island. The plan was developed under the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi.

According to the Urban Development Council, which designed the master plan, the population of Abu Dhabi is set to increase from the current 930,000 to 3.1 million in 2030.

This has seen earmarked investment in real estate between now and 2030 grow from $136 billion to $163 billion.

The plan was drafted following an analysis of the economic situation of Abu Dhabi, taking into account the population, employment, tourism growth and accommodation needed to expand.

"The executive affairs authority is commissioning and conducting a series of social and economic studies to explore the sources of demand across all sectors of the economy," said Ahbabi.

The emirate's transport system is also set for an overhaul, which will bring the capital and its suburbs up to speed with some of the most advanced cities in the world. New transportation includes four different types of rail lines, an electrical trolley, bus routes, ferry services and more access points to the city from the mainland.

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