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governments, with departmental offices and embassies, as well as national health and educational institutions. The plan also provides for large new areas of housing for UAE citizens, inspired by traditional community structures, and a diverse mix of affordable housing options for all citizens and expatriate residents of Abu Dhabi.

Alongside a number of major cultural initiatives, including the development of the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, which is described elsewhere, the capital of the UAE will have a real ecological emphasis: green belts, desert fingers to keep the dunes connected to the sea, protection of the country's mangrove forests and its birds and wildlife. 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.

Urban Planning Council

Law No. 23 for 2007 established the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) as an independent corporate body to oversee the implementation of the new urban framework and ensure it is updated over time to continue meeting the emirate's needs. The UPC will also facilitate constructive dialogue between the public and private sectors involved in the real estate and property development sector in Abu Dhabi.

Chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the UPC's membership is designed to ensure that all government policy portfolios relevant to the comprehensive urban plan are represented, including the Executive Authority, the Executive Council, Department of Municipalities and Agriculture, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Department of Planning and Economy, and the Environment Agency, EAD.

Urban Planning Committee

Efforts are also being made in the other constituent emirates of the UAE to ensure that development is planning-led, as opposed to demand-led, which is the case in many of the world’s major cities. As already emphasised, the objective is to provide the infrastructure that will attract tourism, trade and industry, including valuable service industries, at the same time creating living communities.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan oversees the implementation of a new urban framework for Abu Dhabi.

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