ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Executive Council has approved a number of new development projects for the Emirate in a meeting that was held on Monday.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of Executive Council of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan chaired the Executive Council meeting in the presence of Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser and Vice Chairman of the Executive Council.
The council gave approval for construction, renovation and infrastructure projects in Liwa, Ghayathi, Al Hayer, Al-Shuaib, Bida Al Mutawaa, Mazyed, Um Ghafa, Nema, Al Salamat Umm Alashtan and Alybanh.
Additional infrastructure projects will be implemented for a number of other residential districts in the north of Al Wathba, Al Falah, Mohamed bin Zayed, and Emirati neighbourhoods in metropolitan and other areas.
The North Wathba project is one of the largest residential projects to have been approved to date. It covers an area of 4,178 hectares, and on completion it will provide 13,150 new residential plots. The Abu Dhabi government will during the course of 2012 provide a total of 7,608 residential villas for its citizens.
The budget for infrastructure works for Khalifa Port and the development of Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) was approved by the Executive Council. These investments reflect the growing importance of Khalifa Port to Abu Dhabi’s economy. The first operations are expected to commence on Sept. 1, 2012.
The Executive Council also approved projects to develop new terminal facilities at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The new terminal building has an area of 700,000 square metres and will be able to handle 27 million passengers a year. It is planned to be open in the fourth quarter of 2016.
There will be two new major road projects. The first is the Al Mafrag-Ghuwaifat road which connects the Emirate of Abu Dhabi with the neighbouring countries, and is considered to be one of the most important road development projects in the Emirate.
The project includes the development and expansion of the current road by 246 km and the building of 15 new overhead interchanges. This will enhance traffic flow, ensure the security and safety of the road users and keep pace with economic growth.
The second major project is the extension of the existing Emirates Road from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.
Provision has been made for the design of a metro and tram system to help reduce traffic congestion in the city of Abu Dhabi.
The Executive Council also approved construction and maintenance of drainage systems in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region.
In addition, 14 new healthcare facilities and a rehabilitation centre will be built. Also, provision has been made for two new industrial zones in the Western Region. Al Rowais industrial zone will cover an area of 14 square kilometres and will focus on the chemical, petrochemical, plastic manufacturing, oil and gas, cement, building, and logistics industries.
The Madinat Zayed industrial zone will focus on the oil and gas, food manufacturing and logistics industries and will cover an area of 2.5 square kilometres. Both of these industrial zones will provide employment for the people of that region.
The development of an auto city which will be located adjacent to ICAD (Industrial City Abu Dhabi) was approved. It will act as a cluster development for all auto-related businesses and is intended to serve the future growth needs of the automobile sector in Abu Dhabi. The project will attract investment in automobile manufacturing and spare part logistics for facilities across the region and it is also anticipated that this will provide employment opportunities for UAE nationals.
A number of projects that support the UAE’s global role as an energy provider have been approved. The Shams solar power plant is scheduled to be operational by August 2012 and will contribute 100MW to the Abu Dhabi power grid. Approval has also been given for the construction of the Sir Baniyas wind farm. Both of these projects will help to support the government’s vision of having 7 per cent of its energy needs supplied by renewable energy.
Moreover, the Executive Council approved a number of projects by the Abu Dhabi Police to provide high-end security and training infrastructure facilities to ensure that the already high standards of safety and security are maintained and enhanced.
The Executive Council approved projects proposed by Abu Dhabi Education Council for the establishment of 24 new schools, and the refurbishment of 10 existing schools.
Accommodation projects for teachers have also been provided for to ensure that quality staff will be prepared to work in remote areas.
The establishment of six special needs rehabilitation centres across the Emirate’s various regions was approved.
The Executive Council also approved the training and development of nationals for professional roles at the STRATA project, a composite aero structures manufacturing facility, in line with plans to have UAE nationals representing 50 per cent of the workforce by 2015. Budgets for training and development in ITEC have also been approved to achieve similar goals in the semiconductor industry. More info