The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) was created by Emiri Decree in 2007 to manage Abu Dhabi’s urban growth. Part of the UPC’s mandate is to ensure public and private land and infrastructure development proposals.
The vision of UPC is to make Abu Dhabi prosper as an attractive, livable place that preserves the emirate’s unique culture and environment. UPC produces plans and development regulations that govern Abu Dhabi’s physical environment. The Council manages the emirate’s urban growth through efficient development review and proactive facilitation of implementation in coordination with public and private sector partners.
The government of Abu Dhabi has committed itself to strengthen and develop four key priority areas: economic development, social and human resources development, infrastructure development and environmental sustainability, optimisation of government operations.
The UPC has developed the Abu Dhabi 2030 Urban Structure Framework Plan to optimise the city’s development through a 25-year programme of urban evolution The vision is built on a comprehensive analysis of the urban fabric, land availability and its best use, environmental issues, mobility, infrastructure and urban services that need to be integrated in Abu Dhabi’s development strategy.
With the recent recognition as one of the top 10 sustainable cities of the future by the Ethisphere Institute, Abu Dhabi is on the right path in transforming itself into the sustainable capital of the Arab world.
To meet this challenge, UPC has developed a political vision that focuses on cutting-edge urban design, protecting cultural assets, fostering Arab/Muslimbased communities and engendering interaction between citizens and their built environment.
| Naeema Al Zarouni
GIS initiatives in UPC
At UPC, we are defining the shape of the emirate, ensuring factors such as sustainability, infrastructure capacity, new transport infrastructures, community planning and quality of life, by overseeing development across the city and the emirate as a whole. We start with plan framework, regional concept plans, and go into furthermore detailed level of planning. UPC is coordinating these strategic plans with government agencies responsible for the implementation phases such as municipalities and Department of Transportation and Environment Agency. In that process, GIS department is liaising on a regular basis with the municipalities and other concerned agencies to make sure that these plans are shared timely and organisations study their feasibility prior to the initiation of any implementation. It’s one of our key responsibilities to make sure that these data are as accurate as possible to ensure planning decisions.
Implementation of master plan
Uptake of technology