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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

Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 recognises that urban planning

is a prerequisite to optimise land use in

order to meet the needs of sustainable

development.

Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 recognises that urban planning is a prerequisite to optimise land use in order to meet the needs of sustainable development while preserving natural resources. This, it points out, involves comprehensive and integrated planning of the elements of urban development. To implement the strategy, Dubai’s Urban Planning Committee, which includes key stakeholders such as Dubai Municipality, the Road and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai Land Department, and The Executive Office, as well as developers like Dubai Holdings, Emaar and Nakheel, are in the process of drawing up the Dubai Urban Development Framework (DUDF), an integrated master plan that will offer a comprehensive roadmap for Dubai's future up to 2020 and beyond, hopefully solving the main concerns of today's urban life. The Emirate-wide 'City and Regional Planning Framework' will seek to establish a strong integration between the increasingly complex governmental, quasi-governmental and private stakeholder relationships of the city. Key elements of the framework will include integrated land use and mobility, housing provision, economic and demographic growth, urban character and design, heritage management, integrated community facilities provision, civic harmony and sustainability strategy.

PROJECTS IN ABU DHABI

Saadiyat Island

One of the most exciting of the many urban projects in Abu Dhabi is the development by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), through its commercial arm Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), of Saadiyat Island (‘Island of Happiness’), a natural island off the north-eastern shores of Abu Dhabi City. As already indicated, TDIC is focusing on a cultural theme for part of the island and major museums, among them an outpost of The Louvre, in Paris, and a Guggenheim art museum, art galleries and performing arts centres have been designed by world-famous architects for the Cultural District, which will be part of an innovative, environmentally sustainable, mixed-use leisure and retail community (see Culture & Heritage). Two ten-lane highways will connect Saadiyat Island to the city and the airport. The first tourist attractions will be open in 2012, and the entire project is scheduled for completion in 2018.

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