UPC to set up community amenities in Abu Dhabi

UPC’s initiative will see it work with developers in the city to construct mosques, parks, playgrounds, and sports facilities in Abu Dhabi

Falah Al Ahbabi, director general of UPC at the seminar.
Falah Al Ahbabi, director general of UPC at the seminar.

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has launched a community initiative for the Year of Giving 2017 in partnership with 10 UAE property firms.

The initiative will see the UPC work with real estate developers to establish new community amenities such as mosques, parks, playgrounds, and sports facilities throughout the emirate.

The UPC led a workshop to activate the private sector’s role in contributing to Abu Dhabi’s urban development and supporting the objectives of the initiative.

The seminar was attended by executives from Aldar Properties, Manazel Real Estate, Tamouh, Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), Al Qudra Holding, Bloom Holding, National Investment Corporation, Miral Asset Management, Lead Development and Project Management Consultants, and Trojan Holding.

The session was also attended by 70 property developer representatives and urban development specialists at the UPC.

The Abu Dhabi community is being encouraged to share their ideas and suggestions via social media channels using the hashtag #feykum_alkhair, which in Arabic means ‘you have good in you’.

Under the initiative, the government is aiding opportunities for private sector businesses to benefit society through sponsorship programmes, constructing community facilities, across the Abu Dhabi region.

Falah Al Ahbabi, director general of UPC, said: “The UPC is fully committed to fulfilling the objectives of Year of Giving. As such we have sought ways of engaging the private sector to make positive contributions to UAE society.

“We are delighted to receive such a strong show of commitment from our partners. Their ongoing support is vital to our objective of building safe, secure and sustainable communities throughout Abu Dhabi.”

Participants at the seminar identified plots throughout the emirate to build new community amenities.

Mohamed Al Khadar, the UPC’s executive director for Urban Planning and Estidama, said: “We worked together to put in place the first stages of the ‘CSR Year of Giving Initiative’. 

“We identified plots of land throughout the emirate that require new community amenities, before discussing the type of project that would best benefit the public.”

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