Saudi team learns from Abu Dhabi’s urban planning successes

The team from the Saudi Economic Cities Authority is aiming to improve efficiency by following the example of the Urban Planning Council.

ABU DHABI // A delegation from Saudi Arabia has been visiting the capital to learn lessons in urban planning.

The team from the Saudi Economic Cities Authority was aiming to improve efficiency by following the example of the Urban Planning Council.

“The point of our visit is to get exposed to the successful experience of Abu Dhabi’s development under the oversight of the Urban Planning Council,” said Adim Al-Sharif, director general of planning and oversight for the ECA.

“The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council is one of the best and most successful in terms of adopting best practices in everything they do. We believe we can learn a lot from them.

“We are interested in the entire ecosystem of their operations,” he said.

“We want to learn how to become more efficient in all areas of what we do. For example, we hope to look at what criteria they include when reviewing a master plan and ways to facilitate and speed up the process of approving projects and developments”.

During the visit to Abu Dhabi, the ECA members were given an in-depth overview of the UPC’s Plan Capital 2030, Plan Al Ain 2030, Plan Al Gharbia 2030 and Plan Maritime 2030.

The representatives were also told of the Estidama system – the UPC’s sustainability programme, which ensures buildings are ranked according to their environmental impact.

The UPC said that it was a relationship that would continue to develop for mutual interest.

ksinclair@thenational.ae

Published: May 4, 2014 04:00 AM

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