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Al Ain is popularly known as the Garden City, where civilization has been around since ages. The little retirement town that falls within the emirate of Abu Dhabi is now responding to the need of the hour; thus, it is on a developmental upswing.
To deal with future forecast developments, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council launched the Al Ain City Urban Structure Framework Plan in 2009.
Revolving around five different initiatives that include intelligent land use, increasing density within buildings and the city center, preserving agricultural areas, taking care of environmental zones and creating a surface tram system, the Al Ain Plan 2030's goals will be defined and refined every five years to ensure demand and supply match up perfectly, according to a news report. One million people are forecast to inhabit this city within the next decade from just thousands of current residents.
A significant boost to commercial property in this desert community was received a few years ago when the hitherto quaint Al Ain Mall became a super regional mall, adding hundreds of new stores to its portfolio and thousands of square feet in commercial space. Wahat Hili Mall is also filling the oasis city's retail space gap.
Another addition to Al Ain's commercial property portfolio is the recently opened Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium which features 25,000 seats. The 45,000 square meter mixed-use development includes an international hotel, office buildings, residential units, a multitude of eateries and retail stores, the emirate's largest gym, jogging and cycling tracks, and multiple green spaces.
The aim? To make the destination a holistic entertainment and leisure destination for residents and tourists alike.
• Al Ain transforming into modern city while keeping heritage intact
• Al Ain Mall expansion gave significant thrust to commercial realty
• Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium poised as leisure, entertainment center
Click on Al Jimi which is a perfect synthesis of the old and new in Al Ain
Source: Bushra Hameduddin, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer