ABU DHABI 15 October 2020: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday toured Al Hudayriat Recreational Project, a waterfront community on the 3,000-hectare Hudayriat Island, south-west of the Abu Dhabi main island, and directed to open the development to the public over the coming 30 days.
“We visited Al Hudayriat Project, an important addition to Abu Dhabi’s entertainment and tourism sector. We aim to develop inclusive and unique projects, which encourage a healthier lifestyle for the whole community,” His Highness tweeted today.
During the tour, Sheikh Mohamed was shown around the facilities of the key entertainment project, which is being carried out by Modon Properties, a subsidiary of ADQ that specialises in developing vibrant and sustainable residential, in collaboration with the Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi, said official news agency Wam.
The Hudayriat Recreational Project is the second such leisure destination after the Jubail Mangrove Park announced late last year by Modon Properties as part of a series of entertainment schemes aimed at representing a shift in the leisure offerings within the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Mohamed, during the tour, underlined Abu Dhabi’s determination to develop inclusive and unique environmental projects and increase green spaces across the emirate in a way that ensures a healthier lifestyle for Abu Dhabi community, boosts social bonds, attracts visitors and tourists and turns the emirate into a haven for ecotourism. He directed to accelerate the launch of leisure facilities across the emirate in unison with the leadership’s vision to fulfil people’s recreational needs and to develop the UAE capital’s infrastructure in line with international standards.
The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince was shown around 10 leisure facilities as part of the project, including the ‘Stars Gate’ which provides a unique destination for camping; ‘321 Sports Village’, which encompasses sports playgrounds and jogging and cycling tracks; ‘Challenge Village’; and ‘Hudayriat Heritage Walk’ which extends along the waterfront and provides the visitors with a cultural background of the island and the history of pearl diving in the UAE.
The tour also covered the project’s ‘Marsana’, which represents the waterfront marine located in the heart of the project and includes a lineup of restaurants, an ice rink, and a kids waterpark.
Sheikh Mohamed directed to provide a six-month rent exemption for owners of mobile food caravans in the island as well as the shop owners in the ‘Marsana’.
“Al Hudayriat project and other similar developments represent a qualitative addition that reinforces Abu Dhabi’s status on the global tourist map,” Sheikh Mohamed said, noting the importance of continuing to introduce such projects in convenient locations that are easy to reach for the public, while fulfilling the divergent needs of the society.
Falah Mohamed Al Ahbabi, the Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport, said, “In line with the directives of our wise leadership, we take pride in contributing to introducing this valuable addition to Abu Dhabi’s tourist and leisure offerings. We will continue at the Department to provide a sustainable environment for the future.”
During the visit, Sheikh Mohamed was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office; Jassim Mohammed Buatabh Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Department of Finance; Falah Mohamed Al Ahbabi; Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, the Undersecretary of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, and Abdulla Al Sahi.
Hudayriat Island is located off the south west coast of Abu Dhabi Island and encompasses a lineup of cultural and ecological destinations in addition to residential properties, commercial spaces and leisure facilities.