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Public Works adopts Euro-style masterplanning

Engineer: Infrastructure development must look at social context

Eng. Hessa Ahmed Al Malek, director of the roads department at the UAE Ministry of Public.
Eng. Hessa Ahmed Al Malek, director of the roads department at the UAE Ministry of Public.

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Infrastructure development in the Middle East is adopting a more European approach to masterplanning, according to Eng. Hessa Ahmed Al Malek, director of the roads department at the UAE Ministry of Public.

"The approach used to be that a road was simply the shortest connection between two points. Now we look at the specific infrastructure needs of the particular area in a holistics fashion, taking into account the needs for schools, clinics, etc. This approach is common in Europe, but has only recently been applied to the Middle East," Eng. Al Malek told CW.

Eng. Malek was a key planner of the UAE's rural arae development strategy, and over the past five years has dealt with infrastructure projects worth a combined $1.36bn.

She is the first woman in the UAE to qualify in urban planning, and holds a Master's in Urban Road Planning from the American University of Sharjah and a Bachelor's in Architecture from the UAE University.

Eng. Al Malek will be delivering a keynote address at the CW Public Infrastructure UAE 2012 conference tomorrow at Grosvenor House in Dubai.

Dr. Abdullah Al Nuaimi, general director from the UAE Ministry of Public Works, will be delivering the opening address.

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