Year of Zayed: Legacy of Abu Dhabi master-planner recognised in Japan
Japanese architect, Dr Katsuhiko Takahashi, played "a principal role in drawing" the capital's master plan, under the close guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
The legacy of Abu Dhabi's master-planner has been recognised as part of the UAE's Year of Zayed celebrations.
Japanese architect, the late Dr Katsuhiko Takahashi, is said to have played "a principal role in drawing" the UAE capital's master plan, under the close guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
2018 has been declared the Year of Zayed, to mark the 100th birth anniversary of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE.
As part of the celebrations, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, honoured Takahashi's family in Japan, and recognised the late architect's impact on Abu Dhabi's urban landscape.
The minister also viewed a photo exhibition while in Japan, which included a collection of rare photographs of Takahashi and Sheikh Zayed working together, as well as blueprints and master plans for Abu Dhabi City, all of which were accumulated during the architect's time in the UAE capital during the 1960s.
Other initiatives to mark the Year of Zayed include the 20 programmes launched by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) this January.
According to the UAE's state news agency, WAM, the initiatives include collaborating with the International Humanitarian City to provide support, in the form of engineering consultancies and maintenance activities, to infrastructure projects in developing countries.