Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New futuristic District for Abu Dhabi unveiled during Cityscape 2009

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has unveiled details of Capital City District, a major development project in Plan Abu Dhabi 2030. The UPC is the agency responsible for physical planning of Abu Dhabi's future.

The details of the project were revealed during the Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2009, the largest real estate exhibition, which began in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

The entire project would take 25 years for completion and will be built on 50 million square meters of land, almost twice the size of Yas Island. On completion, the Capital District will serve as a second downtown and can house a population of 370,000. The district will offer a mixed-use, sustainable environment featuring commercial, residential, retail and community groups.

Other vital aspects of the masterplan are the schools seving both Emirati and expat community needs, universities, medical campus, higher education amenities and bio-medical research facilities.

Located between the Mohammad bin Zayed City and the Abu Dhabi International Airport, the Capital City District will blend national government institutions, Emirati culture, and city life by offering a fusion of distinct districts interlinked by grand boulevards, open spaces, shaded streets and world-class public transit system.

Located at the heart of Capital City District will be a Federal Precinct, which serves as the national seat of the UAE government. The Capital Boulevard would include Federal ministries and government offices providing a dramatic connection to the Grand Mosque and Presidential Palace.

There would be a total of seven grand boulevards, representing seven emirates, connecting the city center with surrounding districts. The boulevards would help in effective traffic movement within and out of city. An interlinked street system is also an integral part of the master-plan, which encourages walking in the shaded and landscaped pathways. There are also dedicated bike routes offering a safe and convenient alternative travel option across the city.

The residents and visitors of the District can gain access to two main types of streets - the retail streets lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and plazas and the relaxing neighbourhood streets.

No comments: