Increase in quality healthcare facilities: Fourteen new healthcare facilities and a world-class rehabilitation centre will be built. This continues the process of upgrading the level of healthcare to serve the community, and delivering better and more uniform health services to all areas of Abu Dhabi. One of the new facilities is the Abu Dhabi Cleveland Clinic, which will provide world-class services in the specialist areas of cardiac, digestive, gastrointestinal, neurological and ophthalmological medicine. It will also provide job opportunities for citizens to work in one of the best global centres as doctors, nurses and specialists, thereby giving them the opportunity to obtain a high degree of professional experience.
Supporting economic expansion: Provision has been made for two new industrial zones in the Western Region. The Al Rowais Industrial Zone will cover an area of 14km2, 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. It will cover an area of 2.5km2. 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), has also approved. This project will act as a cluster development for all auto-related businesses. It 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. It is also anticipated that this will provide employment opportunities for UAE nationals.
Investment in renewable energy: 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% of its energy needs supplied by renewable energy.
Maintaining safety and security: The Executive Council has approved a number of projects by the Abu Dhabi Police to provide high-end security and training infrastructure facilities to ensure that the existing high standards of safety and security are maintained and enhanced.
Investment in education infrastructure: The Executive Council approved projects proposed by Abu Dhabi Education Council for the establishment of 24 new schools, and the refurbishment of ten existing schools. Accommodation projects for teachers have also been provided for to ensure that quality staff will be prepared to work in remote areas. These investments are in line with the government’s stated plans to provide an international standard education system for all of its citizens.
Social development projects: The establishment of six special needs rehabilitation centres across the Emirate’s various regions was approved. These include autism centres in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
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Developing national human capital: The Executive Council 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% of the workforce by 2015. Budgets for training and development in ITEC have also been approved to achieve similar goals in the semiconductor industry.
Museums in the cultural district on Saadiyat Island: Budgets and opening dates were approved for the museum projects in the cultural district on Sadiyat Island. These include the Zayed National Museum (opening date of 2016), Louvre Abu Dhabi (opening date of 2015) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (opening date of 2017). The cultural district will rank Abu Dhabi as a world-class tourist destination. Two additional projects were approved for the redesigning and building of a new Al Ain National Museum and the design and development of the cultural Hilli site. These two projects will significantly contribute to the historical material and cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi, raising awareness of Abu Dhabi’s deep ancestral history, and adding value to Unesco’s international heritage collection.