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MoPW focusing on housing in UAE remote areas

Tahani Yousuf: ministry focus on social housing in Northern Emirates

Eng Tahani Yousuf, director of urban planning, UAE Ministry of Public Works
Eng Tahani Yousuf, director of urban planning, UAE Ministry of Public Works

The UAE Ministry of Public Works' masterplan for the Northern Emirates plans to build more than 1,200 houses in eight remote areas in the run-up to 2030, it was revealed at CW UAE infrastructure conference today.

Speaking on behalf of the organisation, Tahani Yousuf, director of the urban planning department, said the areas where social housing has been allocated are: Adhen (164), Al Khalabia (288), Al Madam (273), Al Munaiee (130), Al Towyain (81), Kadra (125), Hatta/Masfoot (101 and Al Dhaid/UAQ (89).

Around 689 units are expected to be built between 2011-2015, 154 between 2016-2020, 175 between 2021-2025 and 232 between 2026-2030, and will cost anywhere between AED3,147,100,000 and AED3,633,900,000.

Yousuf said most of the housing would be low rise (groundfloor + one) but in places like Fujairah where land is limited the ministry may look to construct tall buildings.

She said the ministry only had two ongoing projects in the Western Region but was currently reviewing its masterplan and indicators.

Yousuf who joined the ministry as an engineer after university, also said she would welcome more Emirati women in the construction industry.

 

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