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Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan sets exciting vision for Dubai’s development

26th August 2021

In March 2021, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the UAE government introduced its Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, setting out a comprehensive and exciting plan for sustainable urban development in Dubai over the coming 20 years.

Dubai 2040 is Dubai’ seventh major master plan since 1960, and has at its heart the goal of enhancing happiness, quality of life and cementing Dubai’s position as a global destination for residents, citizens and visitors.

The master plan has been structurally and strategically prepared to integrate all of Dubai’s development master plans, aligning development and vision with economic drivers and the needs of Dubai in the coming years, in particular to accommodate an ever-growing population which has multiplied 80 times since 1960, from 40,000 to 3.3 million and now encompasses people from over 200 worldwide nationalities.

Omnium International has been closely involved with much of Dubai’s master plan development in that time, including Downton Dubai, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai Marina and Dubai Hills Estate, and our team is excited to see how the plans for Dubai 2040 will form a cohesive link across the whole emirate, setting a sustainable and long-term platform for future growth.

What are the objectives of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan?

Dubai 2040 delivers on a number of key objectives, including:

  • Upgrading and regeneration of Dubai’s urban areas such as Deira, Bur Dubai, Downtown and Business Bay, Dubai Marina and JBR
  • Creating two new urban centres in Expo 2020 Centre and the Dubai Silicon Oasis Centre
  • Developing vibrant, healthy and inclusive communities
  • Doubling green and leisure spaces to provide healthy environments for residents and visitors
  • Delivering sustainable and flexible mobility and transport links
  • Improving efficiency in the use of resources
  • Encouraging greater economic activity, including attracting foreign investment
  • Enhancing urban environmental sustainability
  • Safeguarding cultural and urban heritage
  • Development of integrated sustainable housing to the highest planning standards and featuring green spaces, commercial centres and recreational facilities
  • Supporting sustainable development and growth through legislation and governance

Sustainability is high on Dubai 2040’s priorities, having been preceded by a keen focus on ‘green’ development at major sites, including the iconic One Za’abeel and Expo 2020 pavilions. Our Omnium International team is looking forward to the development of world-class sustainable infrastructure and buildings in Dubai, achieved as ever without compromise on quality or uniqueness.

Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan | Omnium International, Dubai
Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan | Omnium International, Dubai

What will be the outcomes of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan?

The ambitious new master plan aims to achieve by 2040:

  • Doubling in size of green and recreational leisure spaces
  • 60% of the emirate’s total area will comprise nature reserves and rural natural areas
  • New green corridors will link residences, workplaces and service areas
  • Sustainable mobility will be facilitated for pedestrians and cyclists, encouraging greater mass transit
  • Land area for hotels and tourism to increase by 134%
  • Land area for commercial activities to increase to 168 sq km
  • Land area for education and health to increase by 25%
  • Public beaches to increase in length by 400%

It’s clear from the proposals and vision that Dubai is very much centred on wellness, providing the urban infrastructure that enables citizens, residents and visitors to lead and enjoy healthy, sustainable lifestyles and work opportunities which make the most of the natural resources and land available in the emirate. Similarly, Dubai 2040 creates a future vision that will be attractive to foreign investment, building greater economic diversity across a range of sectors.

Sheikh Mohammed said at the launch of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan:

“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.”

Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan | Omnium International, Dubai
Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan | Omnium International, Dubai

Omnium Chairman Peter Westeng comments on Dubai 2040:

“The Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan is a world-leading proposal that will propel Dubai for future decades. This pioneering master plan, focused on modern-day themes of sustainability and wellness, delivers not only a vibrant and welcoming community in which to live and work, but encourages diverse economic investment and tourism that will secure Dubai’s long-term future as a destination truly worthy of its place on the global stage.

Having been closely involved in the development of Dubai over the last 30 years, from its early infrastructure projects through to major current developments at Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai Hills Estate and Expo 2020, Omnium International awaits with excitement the emirate’s plans to bring Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan to life, moving the UAE forward through new technologies, innovative ideas and a deep commitment to the quality of life of our citizens, residents and visitors.”

About Omnium International

Serving the Middle East, Europe and the UK from 5 international branches, and headquartered in Dubai, Omnium International is amongst the strongest Quantity Surveying and Cost Consultancy firms in the region.

RICS regulated and ISO accredited, our highly experienced, dedicated and award-winning team benefits from expertise gained worldwide across a richly diverse range of sectors, from infrastructure and complex master planning to hospitality, residential and commercial mixed-use projects. We are proud to have delivered iconic projects including the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai Mall, Dubai Hills Estate, Dubai Creek Harbour, key Expo 2020 Pavilions and Jeddah Economic City.

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