Total floor area of approved Abu Dhabi projects triples in the second quarter

The total floor area of approved developments more than tripled in the second quarter of the year, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) said today.

The 26 projects span a total gross floor area (GFA) of 2,327,073 square metres, compared with 708,999 sq metres in the previous quarter. The number of projects given the green light also rose from 21 in the first quarter.

On Abu Dhabi Island, a mixed-use tower project in a prime location facing the Abu Dhabi Corniche was approved. The development has been designed with a distinct lower five-storey podium that has three 24-storey towers emerging over it.


Two residential tower building projects also received UPC approval. The first will have a GFA of 10,406 sq metres while the second tower will contribute 12,508 sq metres of space to the capital’s main island.

Over at the Abu Dhabi Mainland, the 300-bed speciality hospital Burjeel Medical City project located at Mohammed Bin Zayed City covering a GFA of almost 82,000 sq metres, was approved. Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi University will see an expansion of the existing female student accommodation building.

The UPC also announced the number of Estidama Pearl Ratings that have been awarded in the second quarter. UPC figures show that 1,017 villas have been awarded 2 Pearls, 41 buildings have been awarded a 1 Pearl Rating, and 22 buildings 2 Pearls, making the total number of Pearl Ratings for the period to 1,080.

More to follow.

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