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U N I T E D A R A B E M I R AT E S Y E A R B O O K 2 0 0 8


The objective is that by 2030 Abu Dhabi will not only be a leading commercial, tourist and financial centre, but an ecological and cultural one too.

Considering the sheer scale and size of development, now more than ever a professionally designed and well-managed urban environment is essential and a comprehensive urban planning framework is required to ensure that the natural and physical environment is protected in this period of rapid urban expansion.

In recognition of this fact, an international urban planning taskforce involving the world's best urban planning and community development experts worked for over twelve months in close consultation with the Abu Dhabi government to develop Plan Abu Dhabi 2030: Urban Structure Framework Plan that was launched in mid-September 2007.

The principles underpinning every aspect of the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 initiative that will ultimately shape the future development of the city are as follows:

Imagining a blueprint for the Abu Dhabi of the future.

  • Abu Dhabi will be a contemporary expression of an Arab city, which has people living, doing, and thriving in healthy supportive proximity to each other.

  • Abu Dhabi will continue its practice of measured growth reflecting a sustainable economy.

  • Abu Dhabi will respect, be scaled to, and shaped by the natural environment of sensitive coastal and desert ecologies.

  • Abu Dhabi will manifest its role and stature as a capital city.

  • Abu Dhabi's urban fabric and community infrastructure will enable the values, social arrangements, culture and mores of this Arab community.

The outcome is a bold and imaginative blueprint: in ten individual policy statements, the plan specifies land uses, building heights and transportation objectives for the entire metropolitan area of Abu Dhabi, which is projected to grow to over three million people by 2030.

Amongst its significant proposals, the plan provides for the creation of a second centre within the city. The new Capital District will be designed as the seat of the federal and national

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