Dubai reveals plans to accommodate 9.5m residents
A blueprint for the city to house 9.5million people have been completed, according to Dubai Municipality
Dubai Municipality has unveiled expansion plans to allow Dubai to be able to accommodate four times as many people.
Assistant director-general Abdullah Rafia told a conference that a blueprint for the city to house 9.5million people has been completed, Arabian Business reported, as cited in the National.
"We have already designed the urban design for the whole of Dubai. The urban area of Dubai will consist of one-third of the area of the emirate of Dubai and its maximum capacity will hold over 9.5million people," Rafia said.
With rapid population growth and urbanisation being experienced in cities all over the world, plans are being needed to cope with this development.
Rafia added: Fortunately, here in Dubai, all of the population is urban.
"Our urban design needs to be sustainable - to have a design that limits sprawl but considers the impact [of population growth]."