In a meeting held at the Department of Municipal Affairs DMA, the gradual receiving committee of Mosque support system in Abu Dhabi Emirate discussed the Mosques development regulations in line with the expansion process in the Emirate in a way that will meet the demands of the increasing number of prayers and their needs. It is worth mentioning that the system has been initiated by the Abu Dhabi Mosque development Committee.
During the meeting chaired by H.E Dr. Salem Ali Al Shafiei, Chairman of the committee and executive director of Governance Sector in the DMA, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council gave a detailed presentation on Mosque development regulations in the Emirate and frame works, legislations and policies aiming at ensuring the utmost comfort of prayers. Attended by officials from the DMA and the Emirate’s 3 Municipalities, Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain City and the Western Region, the meeting revealed that the regulations took into considerations the long term development needs, the increasing numbers of prayers and population density in certain zones as well as facilitating accessibility to Mosques and shortening distance between a mosque and another. The regulation also tackled the issue of building enough numbers of mosques in urban, rural and remote areas.
It is worth mentioning that the Gradual Receiving Committee of Mosque Supporting System is working in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council UPC on preparing a detailed plan and processes for a gradual handing over of the Abu Dhabi Mosque Development System Management from the UPC to the Emirate’s Municipalities under the supervision of the DMA & UPC. This system will enable the Municipalities to study, analyze and develop the mosques according to the needs of the residence taking into consideration all the requirements which enhance the comforts of the prayers.
The Abu Dhabi Development Regulations consists of 3 volumes Planning, Design and Operations which establish standards for the distribution, design and operational management of permanent mosques in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. All proposals for mosques in the Emirate will be prepared and assessed using these regulations, and they specify that all mosques shall achieve a minimum 2 of the pearl rating system “Estidama” which is a comprehensive framework for sustainable design, construction and operation of communities and buildings that supports the social and cultural traditions and values of the Emirate.