By Worldbulletin staff
UAE will have a new capital, built in 20 years time according to the vision of the President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
Khaleej Times reported the project, developed in Khalifa City, near Abu Dhabi, was founded on the plan mooted by an international urban planning taskforce, which has two key objectives: to create a comprehensive urban plan to guide the evolution of the city into 2030, and to make recommendations regarding the most effective regulatory and institutional framework to manage the urban development of the city.
The paper said the new capital will be a contemporary Arab city reflecting a sustainable economy, rather than uncontrolled growth. The city will respect, be scaled to, and shaped by the natural environment of sensitive coastal and desert ecosystems. In addition, its urban fabric and community infrastructure will enable the social and cultural values of its future inhabitants.
According to Falah Al Ahbabi, director of the Urban Planning Council (UPC), the body in charge of executing the 2030 strategy in Abu Dhabi, the new capital will have an area of 4,900 hectares and its distance from the previous city's centre will be roughly 15-20 km.
Al Ahbabi, in an interview with Khaleej Times regarding the planning committee's vision, said that the new city would be able to accommodate three million people in less than 25 years.
He also told paper that the headquarters of all federal authorities, ministries and local government offices will be in the new city. In addition, Khalifa City will house embassies and diplomatic delegations, decreasing the pressure on the city of Abu Dhabi.
In addition, there will be residential units, offices and exhibition centres, as well as offices that will accommodate companies and investors, which will all lead to keeping the buying/selling and renting property market under control.
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