The Abu Dhabi Projects and Infrastructure Centre (ADPIC) has announced that the Abu Dhabi Executive Council has granted approval for the launch of 144 projects across Abu Dhabi. These were approved with a total budget of around AED66 billion and will span various sectors, including housing and quality of life, education and human capital, tourism, and natural resources.

In a significant move aimed at fortifying the housing sector, more than AED59 billion has been allocated to establish various housing and public facilities throughout the emirate. This encompasses the comprehensive development of entire communities, integrating a range of amenities and services. About AED4 billion has been assigned for education and human capital, followed by more than AED1.1 billion for boosting tourism across the emirate. Finally, an estimated AED50 million has been designated for projects devoted to enhancing the emirate’s natural resources.

His Excellency Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport – Abu Dhabi, said: "In the realm of development, every project is a testament to our commitment to excellence. Let our endeavours inspire a future where innovation meets purpose, forging a path towards prosperity and sustainability, inspired by the shared vision of a brighter and more interconnected tomorrow.”

Highlighting ADPIC’s commitment to enhancing the lives of citizens across the emirate, nearly 13,000 housing units will be developed in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra. This signifies a pivotal focus on streamlining the allocation process for government housing beneficiaries, resulting in reduced waiting times and increased efficiency in delivering housing solutions.

Moving beyond infrastructure, the multifaceted plan seeks to enhance social bonds by extending developments into social spaces, including mosques, community and sports centres, retail offerings, along with police and civil defence facilities, and more. This focus on social, recreational, and safety facilities fosters public engagement and wellbeing, creating spaces that cater to the diverse needs of residents and contribute to a vibrant community life.

Maysarah Mahmoud Eid, Acting Director General of ADPIC, said: "These ambitious initiatives are designed to act as a comprehensive roadmap, guaranteeing that the emirate's continuous expansion is managed effectively while fostering sustainable development, enhancing overall quality of life, and accommodating the evolving needs of its diverse population.”

These will be supplemented by the construction and enhancement of parks, public spaces, walk lanes, playgrounds and specialised cycle tracks. Together with offering recreational opportunities, the amenities also underscore a commitment to a healthier and more active populace.

Further innovations in transport and mobility will also be rolled out as part of the ADPIC’s efforts. Members of the public will also be encouraged to adopt more eco-friendly habits with a wide array of bike lanes and pedestrian walkways that will be established across the emirate.

ADPIC further announced that the vocational training and education sectors will receive a boost in investments. Along with renovations and capacity expansions of schools and training centres, additional projects will also be rolled out to support early childhood learning and general human capital development. 

Budgets have been allocated to create and maintain multiple cultural destinations and buildings to support the emirate’s tourism sector, placing a focus on preserving and celebrating the rich tapestry of Emirati heritage.

The emirate’s natural resources will also receive a boost in the form of investments in diverse aquaculture farms, which include breeding, raising, and harvesting a range of species of fish, shellfish, and more. This aim to bolster the emirate’s food security, while also meeting commercial and individual demands in the market.

The all-encompassing plan unveiled by the ADPIC signifies a stride towards a more vibrant and sustainable future. Along with infrastructural enhancements, the initiatives further highlight a dedication to fostering economic growth, improving community wellbeing, and preserving the environment.