26 new property projects approved in Abu Dhabi
Total floor area of projects approved triples in Q2
By 24/7 News
Published Sunday, August 16, 2015
The total floor area of developments given the green light more than tripled in the second quarter of 2015 compared with the first quarter 2015, according to figures released by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) on Sunday.
The UPC announced that 26 development projects spanning a total gross floor area (GFA) of 2.33 million square metres (sqm) were approved during the second quarter, compared with 708,999 sqm in the previous quarter.
The number of projects given the go-ahead was up by just under 25 per cent from the 21 approved in the first quarter.
On Abu Dhabi Island, a mixed-use tower development in a prime location facing the Abu Dhabi Corniche was approved.
The development has been designed with a distinct lower five-storey podium that has three 24-storey towers emerging over it.
The irregular L-shaped profile of the plot has enabled the three towers to be positioned diagonally so as to achieve maximum views of the Abu Dhabi Corniche from the high-end residential apartments, which will be housed in three towers from levels 2 to 24.
On Abu Dhabi Island, two residential tower building projects were given the go-ahead.
The first tower will have a gross floor area (GFA) of 10,406 sqm over 24 storeys on a plot of 1,098 square metres, while the second tower, similar in design to the first, will have a GFA of 12,508 square metres over 24 storeys on a plot size of 1,354 sqm.
Located on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, close to the Corniche Hospital, the Saraya residential tower, comprising 49 storeys and three basement floors for underground parking, was also approved.
On Abu Dhabi Mainland, the Burjeel Medical City project in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, a 300-bed specialty hospital covering a GFA of almost 82,000 sqm was approved.
The Abu Dhabi University will see an expansion of the existing female student accommodation building.
Once complete, the expansion will provide 93 additional residential units for female students to the university.
In Al Ain, the Remah Emirati Housing Stage 2 residential project, consisting of ten villas and including a mosque, was approved.
The development has a total GFA of 5,350 sqm and a maximum height of ten metres (two storeys).
In the Mirfa area of Al Gharbia, a mixed-use project comprising 186 residential units and commercial units was approved.
The project includes 192 car park spaces and a well-designed courtyard for residents, and covers a total GFA of 15,252.86 sqm.
In parallel, the UPC announced that 1,017 villas have been awarded 2 Estidama Pearl Rating, 41 buildings have been awarded a 1 Pearl Rating, and 22 buildings 2 Pearls, making the total number of Pearl Ratings for second quarter 1,080.
In addition, nine Estidama training sessions have been held with 567 trainees in attendance.
To date, the UPC’s urban development has delivered 440 projects and master plans with a total GFA of 73.6 million sqm.
Since the Estidama Pearl Rating System was launched four years ago, the Estidama team has reviewed many projects – a total of 11,878 villas and 1,004 buildings have been awarded a Pearl rating.