Dubai Crown Prince launches plans for housing redevelopment and revamping old neighbourhoods

A 30-year housing plan will be developed for UAE citizens by Dubai Municipality, Construction Week Online reported.

HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, instructed municipality officials to work on housing plans to meet the needs of the UAE’s citizens.

Sheikh Hamdan said the provision of appropriate residences for Emiratis is one of the priorities of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Municipality officials were instructed to coordinate with relevant authorities to devise the plan.

A separate programme to revamp old neighbourhoods in Dubai would also be prepared as part of the Crown Prince’s directives.

The programme would incorporate modern planning standards, whilst also maintaining “the distinctive character of those areas”, UAE news agency, WAM, reported.

Commenting on these developments, Sheikh Hamdan said the programmes would help “achieve the highest levels of UAE citizens’ satisfaction in [terms of] housing services and [the] development of interrelated and diverse communities at the social and environmental levels”.

Earlier this year, during an interview with prolific Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, he told designMENA, “Dubai now has a history and there are things you can begin to think about in terms of preservation.”

Housing in the emirate was also highlighted during the 2016 ‘Tranformations: The Emirati National House” exhibition, curated by Yasser Elsheshtawy for the UAE Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which aimed to illustrate the development of the national house in the Emirates.

Feature image courtesy: Yasser Elsheshtawy

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