Abu Dhabi 2030: Investment in Sustainable Development

  • 29 August 2013

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council has adopted a draft to update Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. The draft has been the basis for overseeing the implementation of the Vision since 2007, along with other equally important plans such as Al Ain 2030 and Al Gharbia 2030, all of which fall under the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. The approved draft includes matters related to the identification of mechanisms, management of resources, scheduling of timelines and allocation of roles and responsibilities as well as the determination of quality standards.

The Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 is a plan that provides practical and flexible strategies for the future, as it focuses on enhancing the physical landscape and cultural identity of Abu Dhabi and allows urban expansion and development to accommodate the city’s steadily growing population, and at the same time balancing it with the physical and cultural component of the city by implementing a number of principles.

One of these principles is sustainability, which means accommodating population growth without excessive horizontal urbanization or the demolition of heritage sites, in order to ensure the availability of natural resources and preserve the cultural legacy. Besides, it stresses the reduced dependence on nonrenewable resources and diversification of sources of revenue to promote sustainable development. Another principle relates to balanced planning, which employs cultural and technical features of the city and locates sites where urban projects can be launched without damaging the environment and heritage and to achieve a balance between sustainability and development requirements.

The principle of providing convenience is also key to developed living. The plan takes into account the fact that new urban development projects must be able to accommodate a growing population while keeping the city livable, by providing top-notch services and facilities. The plan also caters for a wide range of housing and other amenities for all segments of society, in keeping with traditional and modern lifestyles. The Vision also seeks to enhance the city’s inherent character and identity derived from its intrinsic nature and personality. It has to be borne out of the topography — the desert, the sea and the traditional lifestyle – and at the same time has to adapt to the changing facets of development in the 21st century.

Besides these principles, Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, like other plans and future projects adopted by the government of Abu Dhabi in general, is characterized with precision, transparency and flexibility. It is based on an objective approach, mindful of all the requirements and realities of a city in all its details. It also sets a number of ambitious goals and draws a bridge between the present and the future in its schedule of specific programs. The Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 also sets standards for measuring progress in the implementation of these plans. Above all, it is flexible and allows those in charge to make amendments according to the developments during different phases of implementation in order to achieve the best possible results.