UAE's Zayed City moves to detailed design stage

UPC plotting detailed design of infrastructure for new Abu Dhabi city

NEWS, Projects, Abu dhabi

The masterplan for Abu Dhabi Capital District, renamed Zayed City, has moved to the detailed design stage of infrastructure prior to the start of implementation, the authority overseeing its strategic development said.

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) is developing the masterplan to manage the development of the new city through a long term vision.

"It represents a unique opportunity to create an authentic sustainable modern Arab capital, which will shape the future of the region by defining a unique and contemporary urbanism," said Falah Al Ahbabi, UPC 
general manager.

At the heart of Zayed City will be a Federal Precinct, which will serve as the national seat of government for the United Arab Emirates. A world-class transportation system will connect neighbourhoods within Zayed City and connect the city to the wider region.

Developed over an 18-month period between late 2007 and early 2009, the Capital District Masterplan will serve as the foundation upon which all future land use, transportation, and urban planning decisions in this new city will be made. As a road map for the future, the Masterplan establishes quantifiable targets for population, land uses, transportation and pedestrian access. It covers the location and quantity of mosques, parks, schools and utilities, as well as building and open space performance targets for meeting Estidama goals.

In addition, the masterplan describes the design intent and character of individual precincts, districts and neighbourhoods. Design considerations, such as the relationship between buildings and spaces, architectural character, and sense of place are all addressed.

The masterplan will serve as an evolving tool to assist the UPC, government officials, and land owners to implement Zayed City in keeping with the goals and principles of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 and its vision for creating a sustainable, world-class capital city for the United Arab Emirates.

"Our ultimate goal is to create a cohesive, contemporary and sustainable urban fabric for this new city. The Masterplan provides the clarity and direction for achieving this goal in a way that serves the various and distinctive community expectations, now and well into the future," said Al Ahbabi.

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