Malls, homes and schools among 76 new Abu Dhabi projects

Al Maryah Central mega mall and World Desert Oasis in Al Ain among projects given green light by Urban Planning Council

PHOTO: Al Maryah Central was one of the projects given the green light by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. Credit:

Malls, a medical college and a wildlife park are among 76 developments set to be built in Abu Dhabi after being given the go-ahead by authorities in the UAE capital.

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) granted approvals for the upcoming projects last year, it was reported.

“While our current set of approvals still include a number of residential communities and projects, the next few years will also see many new hospitals, hotels, mixed-use structures, retailing facilities and industrial areas being set up in line with the growth of residents,” said Mohammad Al Khadar, executive director of urban development and Estidama (sustainability) at the UPC, told Gulf News.

The 11 million sqm World Desert Oasis in Al Ain is among the upcoming projects, featuring botanical gardens and an amphitheatre, housed within the Zoo and Aquarium Public Institution of Al Ain Park. The project, it was reported, aims to create an African safari experience for visitors.

Retail developments in the pipeline for Abu Dhabi include the Al Maryah Central mega mall on Al Maryah Island. Several mixed-use projects have also been given the go-ahead, including the 3.8 million sqm Wahat Al Zaweya residential and commercial project in Al Ain, along with the Al Wajeha Al Bahria, a mixed-use waterfront development in Mirfa.

The emirate will also provide 275 villas for Emiratis in the Al Ghaniema development in Al Ain, as well as 60 villas and a community centre in the Bida Al Mutawa project in the Western Region.

Abu Dhabi’s educational sector is also set to get a boost, with expansion plans for the Petroleum Institute, and at Khalifa University, which will see the establishment of Abu Dhabi’s first medical school.


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