Abu Dhabi approves 26 major projects in second quarter

Total floor area of developments given green light triples to 2.3 million square metres, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council says

PHOTO: On Abu Dhabi Island, a mixed-use tower development in a prime location facing the Abu Dhabi Corniche was approved. Credit: UPC

Abu Dhabi gave the green light to 26 major developments in the second quarter, accounting for triple the total floor area of projects approved in the first three months of the year, figures show.

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) said the projects span a total gross floor area (GFA) of more than 2.3 million square metres, up from 708,999 sq metres in the previous quarter, when 21 projects were approved.

IN PICTURES: 26 projects given green light in Abu Dhabi

New projects include a mixed-use development on Abu Dhabi island, facing the Corniche, with a five-storey podium and three 24-storey towers emerging over it. 

The Burjeel Medical City project in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, a 300-bed specialty hospital covering a GFA of almost 82,000 sq metres, was also approved.

To date, the UPC’s Urban Development has delivered 440 projects and masterplans with a total GFA of 73.6 million sq metres.

The UPC gave an update on its Pearl rating system, which measures green-building projects as part of the Estidama sustainable development initiative.

It said 1,017 villas were awarded 2 Pearls, 41 buildings were awarded a 1 Pearl Rating, and 22 buildings 2 Pearls, making the total number of Pearl Ratings for the second quarter 1,080.

IN PICTURES: 26 projects given green light in Abu Dhabi

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