The project; a new residential and commercial hub for Abu Dhabi is set to be complete in 2021
At an estimated cost of close to $1bn; Zayed City is a major element of Abu Dhabi’s Plan 2030 and is expected to attract its first inhabitants by 2021. Zayed City is set to be located between Abu Dhabi International Airport and Mohammad Bin Zayed City. It will span 45km2 when complete, and will house 370,000 residents. Around 60% of the district’s total area will be dedicated to residential, and these neighbourhoods will include community facilities such as schools, mosques, sport and recreation centres and health care facilities.
About 20% of the essential infrastructure for Zayed City, including roads, lighting, and sewage and utility networks, has already been set up, officials said and the development will offer a range of residential offerings for households of all income levels.
“Within the next six to seven years, Zayed City will emerge as the heart of the capital, with its range of residential, commercial and community offerings.
“It will be the centre of all government and diplomatic transactions, and be the model for the Abu Dhabi that we envision,” Hamada Al Mutawa of the emirate’s Urban Planning Council (UPC) said.
Saif Bader Al Qubaisi, the director general of the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority, said: “The authority is keen to co-operate with all government agencies in Abu Dhabi as we seek to establish a cohesive, diverse and sustainable residential community by making sure that all housing projects have been planned, designed and constructed in accordance with Abu Dhabi Housing Authority standards.”
These standards are in line with the UPC’s aim to complete sustainable communities and Zayed City will be built on four pillars of sustainability – the natural environment, economic development, cultural heritage and social cohesion.
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