Aldar receives Estidama approval for three projects

Yas Mall

Aldar has become the first developer to receive Estidama Pearl Design Rating approval from the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) for three major schemes in Abu Dhabi.

The three projects are: Al Bateen (mixed use development), Yas Island Water Park (entertainment development), Yas Mall (retail development). The latter received a Two Pearl Estidama Rating while Al Bateen and Yas Water Park received a One Pearl Estidama Rating for their design.

“We are proud of this recognition. It shows how important design is to creating the right environment that works to the long term ambitions of Vision 2030. Under UPC guidance and support, Aldar is progressing the principles and imperatives for sustainable development and we look forward to pursuing the same direction for all of our upcoming projects,” said Sami Asad, chief executive, Aldar Properties.


The Estidama Pearl Ratings System was established by the UPC in 2009 to assess sustainability performance of buildings, communities and villas. It reviews developments and initiatives through four pre-defined areas – environmental, economic, social, and cultural.

“Creating developments in a sustainable way is fundamental to Vision 2030. It is encouraging to see the progress being made and these three developments show the importance of bringing a sustainable approach to bear at the early design phase as the basis of a sound approach,” said His Excellency Falah Mohamed Al Ahbabi, general manager, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council.

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