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Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has announced that it has approved 27 projects and master plans in the fourth quarter last year, including a major retail development on Al Reem Island. The move bring the total number awarded detailed approvals last year to 101, with a gross floor area of 13.58 million sq m — 26 per cent more than in 2014.
The UPC said the approvals were given in line with the objectives of Plan Capital 2030, Plan Al Ain 2030 and Plan Al Gharbia 2030.
Two approvals were given for projects and master plans located in Al Ain, four in Al Gharbia and 21 in the Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area, with 11 projects on Abu Dhabi island and ten on Abu Dhabi mainland.
Three urban development projects given the go-ahead in Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area are located on Al Reem Island. This includes Reem Mall, a 185,000-sq-m development that will feature 450 retail units, including 85 restaurants and cafés, and a range of entertainment features across three storeys.
The mall will also feature the world's largest indoor snow-play park and a multi screen cinema.
''The creation of a high quality mall will provide much-needed retail, leisure and entertainment amenities for residents of Abu Dhabi city and visitors to the area,'' said Mohamed Al Khadar, Executive Director of Urban Development and Estidama Sector at UPC. ''Al Reem Island is a central component of Plan Capital 2030 and it gives us great pleasure to give approval to such an important project. We look forward to watching the mall become a focus for residents of and visitors to the island.''
Also approved was Najmat Towers, a two-tower residential complex, one comprising 244 units over 40 storeys and the other comprising 330 units over 41 storeys. The development will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, duplex apartments and town houses, as well as retail outlets, swimming pools and recreational areas, gym and children play areas.
The third project located on Al Reem Island is Shams Meera, residential towers in the Shams District.
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Source: Property Weekly