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UAE announces new regulations for residential communities

Communities must contain facilities that provide a rich residential experience

The UAE government has announced a national policy which includes regulations and standards that aims to improve living standards in the country. The policy stipulates that residential communities must contain facilities that will support the lives of their residents and provide a rich residential experience, such as shared gardens and sporting facilities.

According to WAM, the policy is in line with the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Centennial 2071. The policy was approved by Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The national policy includes several key components; a suitable location, integrated facilities, cohesive communities, areas for interactive living, cultural participation and smart systems, to prevent the isolation of residential neighbourhoods and facilitate transportation and communication, as well as to provide the necessary facilities.

At a ceremony held to launch the new policy, Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE, under the leadership of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan prioritises the quality of life of its citizens, while its government has prioritised housing and is achieving sustainability in the sector.

The ceremony was attended by Lt General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, it added.

Addressing the attendees, Sheikh Mohammed said the goal was to provide an integrated life for every citizen, and not only a place of residence.

“We want our residential communities to bring people together and improve their health and social cohesion. The integrated role of government sectors and authorities is to improve life quality in the UAE. Today, we are beginning a new stage in developing vital residential communities, which facilitate and improve the lives of all citizens without exception,” Sheikh Mohammed commented.

Sheikh Mohammed directed the relevant authorities to begin adopting the policy and activating its regulations in the design and establishment of all the residential projects around the country, as well as to benefit from its contents and raise living standards, the WAM report said.

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