UPC approves 76 Abu Dhabi projects and masterplans
Schemes include new safari venture at Al Ain Zoo, developments in Mirfa City and Ghayathi City and projects on Al Maryah, Reem and Yas islands
Abu Dhabi's Urban Planning Council approved 76 projects and masterplans in 2014, including a couple of major new developments in Al Ain and Al Gharbia.
In Al Ain, it approved plans for an African safari experience, World Desert Oasis, which is a 10.9 million m2 tourist attraction that will be built around Al Ain's recently-upgraded zoo. It will include a safari park, botanical gardens and an amphitheatre.
A new masterplan for industrial parks around Al Ain International Airport has also been approved, alongside a 3.8 million m2 residential and commercial units under the Wahat Al Zaweya masterplan.
Meanwhile, in Al Gharbia (Western Region) schemes approved include phase one of Al Wajeha Al Bahria - a mixed-use watertfront development in Mirfa City. It will be made up of four buildings containing retail units, 126 apartments and 10 villas.
A new town centre was approved for the centre of Ghayathi City containing office, retail, residential space and a cinema under a scheme called Al Hai Al Tejari.
Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi city, a new concept plan for Al Maryah Island containing Gulf Related's Al Maryah Central and Farglory's Maryah Plaza was approved, alongside the 29-storey M Tower and the Al Qurm View projects on neighbouring Reem Island. Plans for a new Yas Island Beach Club were also given the green light.
UPC executive director for Urban Development and Estidama, Mohamed Al Khadar, said: “These approved projects bring us closer to achieving the goals of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 and are very exciting for residents and tourists alike, as we look to develop and showcase Abu Dhabi not only as a great place to visit, but an attractive place to live."