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UPC completes Al Shamkha, Al Shawmekh master plans

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has completed the re-plans of the Al Shamkha and Al Shawamekh areas as part of its ‘Complete Sustainable Communities’ initiative

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has completed the master plans for the redevelopment of the Emirate’s Al Shamkha (above) and Al Shawamekh areas.
Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has completed the master plans for the redevelopment of the Emirate’s Al Shamkha (above) and Al Shawamekh areas.

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has completed master plans for the redevelopment of the Al Shamkha and Al Shawamekh areas.

The project will be conducted in line with UPC’s strategyupc to re-plan existing areas in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Once completed, the redevelopment project will provide residential areas for UAE nationals, and will include a network of community facilities such as schools, health facilities, commercial spaces, parks, entertainment facilities, pedestrian paths, cycle lanes, and mosques.

A university, a gas station, and police and civil defence facilities will also be developed as part of the project.

Commenting on the redevelopment project, Abdulla Al Sahi, executive director of UPC’s Planning and Infrastructure Sector, said: “Al Shamkha and Al Shawamekh perfectly align with the objectives of our ‘Complete Sustainable Communities’ initiative to create attractive, walkable communities that provide all of the facilities people need within easy reach.

“The close proximity of such facilities is an important factor in meeting the needs of those residential communities, as well as the neighbouring communities,” he added.

Conducted in conjunction with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport, Abu Dhabi Housing Authority (ADHA), and Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada), UPC’s re-plans have been drawn up in line with Plan Capital 2030.

The Al Shamka Master Plan project maps out a residential neighbourhood across five sectors in the greater Al Shamkha area. The neighbouring Al Shawamekh Master Plan will see a number of residential plots form a new two-sector neighbourhood.

UPC said that Emirati families’ need for privacy and open spaces has been taken into account in the planning of these areas, along with their differing needs for leisure facilities. The master-planned designs for both projects were guided by the council’s manuals and guidelines, including the Abu Dhabi Community Facility Planning Standards, and the Abu Dhabi Public Realm Design Manual.

Infrastructure works in Al Shamkha and Al Shawamekh are scheduled to commence in Q2 2016. These works are expected to take 18 months to complete.

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