The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) announced that 13 development projects covering more than 4 million sq m were approved during the first quarter. It was also revealed that 70 per cent of the total area is devoted to residential projects.
Five of the approved projects were master plans, with the remaining eight being detailed project plans. A master plan is defined as separated multiple buildings, with a road network and community facilities, which must meet certain requirements and standards based on the size of the development. A detailed project plan is defined as a single building with no road network, but can include multiple buildings connected by a podium and requires no community facilities.
One of the biggest project approvals was for Aldar Properties’ Al Raha Beach East Master Plan, the first phase of the Al Raha Beach development. It will provide more than 3,000 apartments, town houses and villas as well as 50,000 sq m of prime Grade A office space.
Al Raha Beach is a mixeduse development being constructed near the E10 Highway on Abu Dhabi mainland, close to Yas Island. The development consists of reclaimed land along the coast, with a series of canals and islands interlinked by boulevards, creating a unique waterfront community stretching more than 20km.
Another large master plan project approval was for the further development of the Petroleum Institute on Abu Dhabi mainland, continuing its focus on educating Emiratis in areas of resource exploration and field development, gas and petrochemical production and processing, and other engineering and geosciences applications.
The new enhancements to the campus will include a new male undergraduate centre, a new research centre and research park and a Women in Science and Engineering (Wise) and residential blocks. The Petroleum Institute project will be developed by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
Master plans for residential projects for UAE nationals were approved for Aldar Properties’ Al Shabahat development in Al Ain and the Bida Al Mutawa development, which will be developed by Musanada as part of the UAE National Housing Programme in Al Gharbia. Collectively these projects will offer more than 240 villas, as well as community centres, parks and mosques.
Also approved was the Al Hai Al Tejari project in Al Gharbia, which was announced at the Al Gharbia Development Forum in Abu Dhabi. The project is a mixeduse development at the centre of Ghayathi City, located on the main road that connects the major settlements of the Western Region. It will include a town centre, office and retail space, residential apartments and a cinema, and will vastly improve the lifestyle of the existing community in the area.
The remaining eight approvals were for detailed project plans, which include Farglory’s EW11 development on Al Maryah Island and Aldar Properties’ Shams Abu Dhabi development on Al Reem Island, both residential projects.
In the education sector, a project plan for the new Institute of Applied Technology campus in Al Ain was approved, which will comprise a vocational high school and university for up to 2,400 female Emirati students, and will have a 2 Pearl Rating under the Estidama sustainability programme.
Source: Property Weekly