Plans revealed to transform unused Abu Dhabi island

A 3,000-hectare island located southwest of Abu Dhabi is set to be transformed into a mixed-use development, the centrepiece of which will be a 30km waterfront.

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has held talks with stakeholders this week to discuss approaches that will transform Hudayriat Island.

It said in a statement that the Hudayriat Island Master Plan will comprise of a sustainable community with a diverse range of facilities. This will include allocating several plots for UAE nationals.

An accessible waterfront spanning 30km will be at the heart of the mixed-use development. It will take up to 10 minutes to walk from the waterfront to any point on the island, the statement added.

Other key features of the project include recreational activities, a public shoreline, green mobility network and rich natural environment.

Abdulla Al Sahi, planning and infrastructure executive director of the UPC, said: “The UPC is delighted to get the planning work underway for Hudayriat Island.

“By utilising and enhancing the environmental features in this unique area of Abu Dhabi, this development will raise the standard of living, restore Emirati culture, promote healthy lifestyles and create a variety of coastal activities and attractions.”

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