An $80m project backed by nine developers is set to provide community facilities across the UAE’s capital city.
It forms part of the “CSR Year of Giving Initiative” from Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and will see a private and public sector partnership providing amenities such as mosques, parks, walkways, playgrounds and sports facilities,.
Under the agreement, the companies will target areas which currently lack community facilities, as well as launch fundraising events to support the provision for them.
Falah Al Ahbabi, director general of the UPC, said: “We are really proud to see the private sector actively involved in this initiative, and supporting us to work together towards building new sustainable communities that meet the expectations of our society and raise their living standards.
“Their generosity is following in the footsteps of our Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His legacy led by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, lives on through the kind-hearted donations from private sector businesses.
“We are really proud to see the private sector actively involved in this initiative, and supporting us to work together towards building new sustainable communities that meet the expectations of our society and raise their living standards.
“I am delighted with the amount of contributions made by the developers. The amount was more than I ever expected. This will help us in our joint efforts to build new social amenities, dedicated to our community.”
The announcement was made at this year’s Cityscape Abu Dhabi.
Maryam Mohammed Al Rumaithi, co-ordinator of the Year of Giving said: “The active involvement of the Abu Dhabi private sector for this initiative confirms its strong belief in the importance of social responsibility – one of the major cornerstones of this initiative announced earlier this year. The initiative aims to instil the value of serving our nation and encourage people to do more in helping the community.”
The Abu Dhabi community is being encouraged to share their ideas and suggestions on the project via social media channels using the hashtag #feykum_alkhair, which means “You Have Good in You”.
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO of Aldar Properties, said: “When launching the Year of Giving, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared the importance of strengthening social responsibility in the private sector, aimed at encouraging our role in serving the country and contributing to its development.”
Other projects for the capital announced at the event included the creation of Zayed City, a new hub for business and residential development.