Urban Planning Council (UPC) in Abu Dhabi, which is responsible for approving major projects in the emirate, announced that it had also given the green light for 22 projects in the first quarter comprising around 700,000m2 of space.
These involved a Centre of Excellence in Early Childhood Development and an expansion to the Repton Abu Dhabi Senior School on Reem Island, allowing it to accommodate 1,480 students. Also at Reem Island, it approved a proposal for a new tower, the Al Noor Tower, enclosing 73 apartments.
On the mainland, it approved a new two-level, 30,000m2 community retail mall for the Al Falah community nearby the international airport, and in the Western Region it gave the green light for a new project containing 73 villas at Madinat Zayed.
The UPC which has been accountable for developing masterplans for Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, the Western Region and maritime areas, also pronounced a new tactical plan for 2016-2020 and divulged a new vision and mission statement which underscored its function as managing “sustainable urban growth of the Emirate by creating Emirate-wide urban strategies, master plans, policies and regulations.
The executive director for Urban Development, Mohamed Al Khadar, revealed that the council had seen an uptick in the number of plans being submitted to it for consent since the second quarter of 2014.
In 2014, the UPC approved 76 projects, as well as the 14 masterplans. This year 2015, it has already given thorough approval for 22 projects. Report also said that they presume that much of this will take place on the islands of Reem, Saadiyat, Yas and Al Maryah as the city extends its reach outwards.
The UPC’s pronouncement was revealed on day one of the Cityscape Abu Dhabi event which runs from 21-23 April at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.