ABU DHABI // An unprecedented swath of new projects and expansions to
existing ones was announced in Abu Dhabi yesterday, providing for
significant new investment in social infrastructure, health and
education and giving a boost to economic development in the emirate.
The announcement by Abu Dhabi Executive Council signalled the
conclusion of a wide ranging evaluation of projects in the capital,
reconfirming plans for developments on Saadiyat Island and Khalifa Port,
and the planned Midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Officials did not disclose the total value of the projects approved,
but the sheer scope of the investment is expected to give a jolt to the
emirate’s economy. The entities responsible for each individual project
are expected to release in-depth details on expenditure and timelines in
Yesterday’s announcement emphasised social projects targeted at
Emirati citizens, including new housing developments, 14 new hospitals
and 24 new schools.
New homes will be built in areas such as Liwa, Nema, North Wathba and
Al Hayer. The North Wathba residential project will be one of the
largest to date, covering an area of 4,178 hectares and 13,150 new
homes. The new housing schemes are in addition to 7,608 residential
villas that will be completed and handed over to UAE citizens in 2012.
Many of the emirate’s rural areas will benefit from “construction, renovation and infrastructure projects”, the Council said.
In addition to the 24 new schools to be built, the Executive Council
also approved the construction of six special-needs rehabilitation
centres, including new autism centres in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. In
addition, ten existing schools will be refurbished.The healthcare projects will also be complemented by Mubadala
Healthcare’s Abu Dhabi Cleveland Clinic on Sowwah Island, a 364-bed
facility, support for which was reaffirmed by the council.