Mohamed bin Zayed Chairs Abu Dhabi Executive Council Meeting, Approves AED 1.5bn Infrastructure Projects

WAM Abu Dhabi, 8th May 2013 (WAM): His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, headed the Council’s meeting held at the Crown Prince’s Court on Wednesday May 8th 2013.

At the outset of the meeting, the Council members reviewed topics on the agenda presented by various government departments. They stressed the need for all projects and programmes, whether underway or being planned, should be fully integrated. As such, they can have a have a far greater impact on the work that is progressing in Abu Dhabi Emirate in all fields.

Upon directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Council endorsed a number of infrastructure development projects across the Emirate with a total cost of more than AED 1.5 billion. The projects include infrastructure development work at Khalifa City (A), Sheibat Alwatah Housing Project and the Zayed City – Ghayyath Highway.

The Council also discussed plans related to the tourist sector and customer services, and looked into the Abu Dhabi Government “Mystery Shopper” Programme, which aims to provide accurate and realistic information about the government’s services to its customers. The Council underlined the necessity to provide customer services of high quality to support increased levels of development being experienced by the Emirate in various sectors.

AED 396 million allotted for infrastructure improvement at Khalifa City (A) The Council approved allocation of AED 396 million to carry out infrastructure development projects at Khalifa City (A) so as to keep pace with the population growth in the city, maintain a high quality of life, and at the same time preserve natural resources and protect the environment in the area.

The new plans cover street lighting, constructing pavements, improving the rainwater drainage network, building water pump plants and reducing the level of underground waters.

The implementation of these projects is in line with several initiatives launched by the Abu Dhabi government in response to the leadership’s directives. The main objective is to further develop Abu Dhabi Emirate and strongly establish Abu Dhabi as a place of attraction for world tourism and economic activities. This can only be realized through providing better infrastructure services based on international standards that can meet requirements for progress in all fields.

AED 712 million for Sheibat Alwatah Housing Project The Council approved a tender to carry infrastructure work worth AED 712 million at Sheibat Alwatah Housing Project (A ‘&’ B) in Al Ain city. Al Ain Municipality was authorized to approve all contracts presented by the real estate developer before being concluded with the consulting engineering and contracting companies that will be partners to complete the project infrastructure work.

The project plan of action, to be carried out over 28 months, includes constructing roads, installing electricity, sewerage and rain water networks, telecommunications and roadside greening. The project includes 1,580 villas dedicated for UAE nationals.

Upon directives from His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, housing projects intended for UAE nationals are considered to be a top priority on the Abu Dhabi Executive Council’s agenda. His Highness, time and again, underlined the necessity to secure all means that guarantee the best living conditions for citizens and their families.

AED 267.5 million to fund Zayed City – Ghayathi double-lane road project Another decision was taken by the Council under which the Department of Transport was assigned to conclude a contract with a contracting company to carry out a two-track, 80km road project linking Zayed City with Ghayathi in the Western Region.

The AED 267.5 million project includes supplying roundabouts and intersections along the road with lighting using solar energy. The project is expected to improve transport services in the Western Region and help reduce car accidents to further ensure safety.

Within the Abu Dhabi government’s drive to make the Emirate a haven for world tourism, the Council approved costs of contracts concluded with Museums to establish cultural institutions on Saadiyat Island. These include the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi. These cultural projects are expected to be completed within the coming five years, placing Abu Dhabi on the world tourism map. Such places of interest will further develop Abu Dhabi as a desirable destination already widely known for its entertainment, conference and business tourism facilities.

AED 175 million to improve facilities at Abu Dhabi main bus depot The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi was authorized to refer a tender to a contracting company to improve public facilities at Abu Dhabi main bus depot at a total cost of AED 175.8 million.

The project, to be located at Khalifa City (A), includes establishing a main bus depot that could accommodate around 480 buses. A fuel station, car washing facilities and a maintenance workshop accommodating 550 buses will also be set up.

The new depot was designed to improve public transport services to meet future demands. It will be provided with environment- friendly facilities that will meet the world’s highest standards.