Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager, UPC addressing the audience
Under the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s President, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and the guidance of HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) is implementing Vision 2030 and delivering high quality housing for Emirati families across Abu Dhabi Emirate.
The UPC announces today the signing of new housing contracts to deliver an additional 7,500 new homes for Emirati families across all three regions of the Emirate: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia. The new communities will be designed and built by reputable, local developers: Sorouh Real Estate, Tamouh Investments, Royal Development Company, and Al Qudra Real Estate to meet the requirements of Vision 2030. The Emirati communities will include neighborhood infrastructure and facilities and will be built to the highest standards of quality and sustainability, building on the success of the UPC’s Estidama sustainability program. The projects announced today bring the total number of new villas being built in the Emirate through the Emirati Family Housing Programme to over 13,000.
“The Emirati family housing being built across the Emirate illustrates Abu Dhabi Government’s commitment to providing world-class housing communities for Nationals.” said H.E Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager, UPC.
He added: “Building quality housing for Emirati families is integral to implementing Vision 2030. The key objective of these projects is to develop multiple housing options for future Emirati generations and preserve and promote the traditional Emirati identity and preferred style of living. Planning and designing for all villas has been carefully crafted with the commitment to establish sustainable, world-class communities that help preserve our rich and unique culture and heritage.”
In Al Ain, 1,022 Emirati homes with complementing neighborhood infrastructure will be built by Sorouh Real Estate in the 2.15 million square metre Al Ghareba
project. The Al Ghareba villas will be built to Estidama Pearl 2 requirements, and will emphasize traditional Emirati designs. The Al Ghareba project is a key element of Al Ain Plan 2030 and will be surrounded by the historic oasis of Al Ain and framed by the ancient Hafeet Mountains.
Sorouh will also develop 448 villas in Sila’a, along the coastline of Al Gharbia. In addition to the heritage-inspired villas, the total plot area of 1.3 million square metres will also include a mosque, a school, a women’s centre and a wide range of retail outlets, all of which will be designed to meet Estidama Pearl 2 requirements and Plan Al Gharbia 2030.
The Jebel Hafeet Emirati housing project - to be built by the Abu Dhabi-based real estate development company Tamouh Investments - will see the creation of another residential housing community for Emirati Nationals in Al Ain. Spanning 4.4 million square metres at the western base of Jebel Hafeet and 13 kilometres south of Al Ain’s city centre, the Jebel Hafeet project will encompass 3,000 villas and a wide range of neighborhood amenities such as schools, health and recreational facilities, and mosques.
Another significant addition to Emirati housing in Al Ain will be the Ain Al Fayda Project, a comprehensive, mixed-use, master-planned community to be built by Al Qudra Real Estate near Jebel Hafeet. Following the award announcement made during the 2010 Cityscape, AQRE has completed the master planning and design of the first phase of Ain Al Fayda master-community project for the UPC. Al Qudra Real Estate commenced the enabling works for 2,000 units spanning across 3.75 million square metres and will be built over four years in alignment with the ‘Plan Al Ain 2030’.
Yas Island, home to a major Emirati Housing project, is being developed by the Royal Development Company on the Yas Island waterfront. The project which consists of 500 high-quality villas is built over 78 hectres and a total built area of 232,00 square metres, will have a complete set of world-class amenities, and be based on the traditional “fareej” design linked with “sikkas” and “barahas”, creating private family homes linked through a shaded network of pathways and local parks.
The delivery of these housing communities forms a key part of the Government’s commitment and overall Vision 2030 for Abu Dhabi, which ensures that Nationals have access to high quality housing constructed by reputable, local developers to the highest standards of quality and sustainability, building on the success of the Estidama sustainability program launched and managed by the UPC. The UPC is working closely with its developer teams to deliver these new housing options for Emirati families as soon as possible, with much of the new homes being built within two years.
H.E Falah Al Ahbabi concludes: “These new contracts with strong Abu Dhabi developers will deliver an additional 7,500 new homes for Emirati families and achieve the Estidama Pearl 2 requirements set out by the Estidama Program for government projects, affirming the commitment of Vision 2030 to creating sustainable communities.”
Included in the homes now being built under the Emirati Family Housing Program are those announced by the UPC last year during Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010, including the first phase of the Ain Al Fayda project in Al Ain by Al Qudra Real Estate and the Watani project in Abu Dhabi by Sorouh Real Estate and Al Falah Project by Aldar Properties.
Strategically, the UPC has clearly defined the future for the Emirate through the creation of groundbreaking framework plans that span the whole Emirate. At Cityscape 2011, for the first time, the UPC will showcase the three regional master plans - Capital 2030, Al Ain 2030 and Al Gharbia 2030 - along with an overview of the many initiatives being implemented to ensure the development of a sustainable, vibrant and well-connected Emirate. An up-to-date version of the immense model of Abu Dhabi’s urban landscape as realized through Capital 2030 will be showcased. Measuring 23 metres in length, the model marks a milestone in bringing together all the components of Vision 2030 and Capital 2030 and is a breathtaking look at one of the world’s most ambitious and iconic sustainable, urban development projects.