H.H. Sheikh Mohammed launches Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has announced the launch of Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan.

"We have adopted the new urban plan for Dubai until the year 2040. Our goal is to make Dubai the best city to live in the world,” His Highness said. It aims to provide the highest standards of urban infrastructure and facilities.

Under the new plan, Dubai will have 400 per cent more beaches while 60 per cent of the Emirate will be nature reserves.


"Our strategic development plans are focused on creating the best possible environment and infrastructure to enhance the community’s happiness and wellbeing and support the fulfilment of the greatest human aspirations for both our citizens and people from around the world. Drawing inspiration from global best practices and adapting them to local needs and requirements, we have created a development model that offers the best possible quality of life and creates the conditions for sustainable prosperity. Our goal is to create a truly inclusive environment that not only meets the needs of Dubai’s diverse population, but also inspires them to tap into their creative and innovative capacities and realise their true potential,” Sheikh Mohammed added.

Along with its Urban Master Plan 2040, Dubai will issue an integrated and flexible urban planning law that supports sustainable development.

A total of five main urban centres will be targeted

These include Deira and Bur Dubai, Downtown and Business Bay, and Dubai Marina and JBR.

The Expo 2020 Centre and Dubai Silicon Oasis Centre are also set to benefit.

According to recent studies, the number of Dubai residents is expected to increase from 3.3 million in 2020 to 5.8 million by 2040, while the day-time population is set to increase from 4.5 million in 2020 to 7.8 million in 2040.

The scheme focuses on utilising available spaces within the limits of the current city and concentrating development in existing urban areas.

It aims to raise the quality of life of the city while increasing population densities around key mass transit stations.

Green and recreational spaces as well as public parks will double in size to serve the growing number of number of residents and visitors.

Nature reserves and rural natural areas will constitute 60 per cent of the emirate’s total area. Several green corridors will be established to link the service areas and facilitate the movement of pedestrians, bicycles, and sustainable mobility across the city.

The land area used for hotels and tourist activities will increase by 134 per cent, while that used for commercial activities will increase to 168 square kilometres.

Dubai will continue to be a global hub for innovative start-ups, international corporations, and strategic investments.

The programme will increase the land area allocated to education and health facilities by 25 per cent, while the length of public beaches will increase by as much as 400 per cent in 2040 to increase the quality of life for residents and visitors.

It also integrates the Hatta Development Plan, which has created a framework for the comprehensive development of the area.

The Plan seeks to both develop and raise the profile of Hatta’s natural and tourism attractions, as well as protect its environment in partnership with the private sector. In addition, it aims to develop integrated sustainable housing complexes to meet the needs of citizens.

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