Urban Plan: Dubai to look quite different by 2040

Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 6 November 2020: Dubai yesterday announced that it is in the process of developing a new masterplan – Urban Plan 2040 – that aims to make the city one of the most liveable places on Earth.

“We are in the process of developing the new Urban Plan 2040, which is highly focused on increasing the wellbeing, activity and health of the nation through public-realm interventions, including walkability, cycling, sports and the development of socially inclusive and universally accessible designs,” said Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General, Dubai Municipality

“By placing people at the centre of the urban design process, we should be able to create outcomes that are beneficial for everyone, so that our cities and quality of life become increasingly better over time.  We are developing a city that is vibrant, with liveable communities, by enhancing citizens’ experiences with open public spaces throughout the city. Our vision is to become the best city for living,” he told a virtual global gathering of urban experts, said official news agency Wam.

Sanaa Al Aleeli, Director of Urban Planning & Studies Department at the Dubai Municipality, said: “At a strategic level, we are currently working on Dubai Urban Master Plan 2040, which is a long-term plan to achieve the vision of making Dubai the best city for living. We will place people’s happiness and wellness at the centre of any planning initiative. We defined five pillars in a framework for the city-centric plan – participation, choices, accessibility, mobility and quality – which will be articulated through strategies, programmes and performance indicators to monitor implementation.”

Leading urban design and planning specialists and government officials from around the world gathered virtually to deliberate how Dubai and other cities can be highly liveable places spaces that foster business ecosystems as well as support balanced natural and urban environments.

The Executive Council of Dubai panel discussion, which concluded Expo 2020 Dubai’s third pre-Expo thematic week, also discussed how we can effectively transform our cities in order to make them more resilient, robust and adaptable for future generations.

It also featured remarks from Mxolisi Kaunda, Mayor of Durban, South Africa; and Diana Alarcón González, Chief Advisor and Director of International Affairs, Mexico City.

Hosted by Expo 2020 and delivered in collaboration with the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, UN-Habitat, and Siemens, Expo’s Premier Infrastructure Digitalisation Partner, Urban and Rural Development Week addressed how the world’s population will live and grow in harmony with our planet.

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