Some 11 new private schools catering for 22,000 students have been earmarked for Al Reem Island under a new master plan.
The schools are part of several new facilities revealed as part of a new Integrated Concept Master Plan (ICMP) approved by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) which was submitted by Bunya – a vehicle responsible for the island’s infrastructure owned by master developers Tamouh, Aldar Properties and Reem Investments.
Other new facilities include three new private hospitals, nine mosques, 500,000 square metres of parks and open spaces and 710,000 sq m of waterfront promenades and beaches. The master plan envisages that the island will eventually be home to around 210,000 residents, contain 1 million sq m of office space, more than 850,000 sq m of retail and almost 10,000 new hotel rooms. It is expected that about 20 per cent of the homes built on the island will be designated for affordable housing.
New bicycle routes will also be built around the island, which will be linked both to Abu Dhabi Island and Al Maryah Island by a series of eight bridges. One bridge will also link to Umm Yifenah Island. It is expected that the bridges will be in place by 2017.
The UPC’s executive director for urban development and Estidama, Mohamed Al Khadar, told a press conference that it had worked closely with each of the island’s master developers on the new master plan.
“We’re very excited about what this means for the future of Abu Dhabi,” he said. “Not only will the growth of Al Reem Island, one of the key areas of expansion for Abu Dhabi, be carefully managed, we are also ensuring that all future developments meet our Complete Sustainable Communities directives, to support the creation of more comfortable, liveable and sustainable communities on the Island; this is central to our mandate.”
About 60 per cent of the land on Al Reem Island is currently under the control of Tamouh, while Aldar Properties and Reem Investments hold a further 20 per cent each.
The developers now need to work up their own detailed plans to submit to the UPC before moving forwards with new schemes.
Currently, Al Reem Island has a population of around 20,000 residents and 15 per cent of its eventual built-up area of 20m sq m has either been built or is under construction.
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