The second phase of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan has received the approval of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The Enhancing Urban Centers, Dubai Real Estate Strategy, Urban Farming Plan, Preserving Urban Heritage Plan, Developing the 20-Minute City Policy, and Pedestrian Network Master Plan are among the ten core initiatives that make up the second phase of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan. Additionally, Sheikh Mohammed examined the status of 17 initiatives and projects that were a part of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan’s initial phase.
Today, they have a clear vision for the growth of Dubai’s urban infrastructure and housing sector until 2040, Sheikh Mohammed said after the announcement. Their vision for Dubai is for it to be a highly productive urban agricultural city that also values pedestrians and the environment.
Dubai 2040 Master Plan Phase 2
One of the main initiatives of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan Phase 2 is an integrated plan for the development of five major urban centres in Dubai (three existing and two new centres), as per the Commissioner General for Infrastructure, Urban Planning, and Well-Being and Chair of the Supreme Committee of Urban Planning in Dubai, HE Mattar Al Tayer.
The plan includes a thorough strategy for Dubai’s real estate market up to 2040, which will help it comply with the master plan’s criteria and establish equilibrium between supply and demand. To manage possibilities and fluctuations in the real estate market, accomplish sustainable urban growth, and increase investor trust, it calls for proactive measures.
In the second phase of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, there is a plan for high-yield farming and agriculture. This is done by picking the right sites and building the facilities and infrastructure that are needed to ensure food security. In Phase 2 of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, strategies are also laid out for protecting urban heritage in order to strengthen the emirate’s identity, promote historic neighbourhoods, structures, and monuments, and enhance visitor experiences at ancient finds.
Phase 2 of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan calls for the development of a 20-Minute City where citizens may travel anywhere in the city on foot or by bicycle in under 20 minutes. In order to provide inhabitants with access to 80% of their daily requirements and destinations within 20 minutes, the project entails creating integrated service centres with all the required amenities and expanding the population density around mass transit stations.
A strategy will also be devised to improve and use urban areas like squares, underpasses beneath bridges, and alleys by enhancing their components of well-being to make them more appealing to locals and tourists alike. The initiative helps to reduce carbon emissions, offer green spaces, enhance landscaping methods, and improve the attractiveness of urban areas. Connected paths in densely populated places will be the main focus of a detailed strategy for soft mobility for pedestrians throughout Dubai.
Dubai 2040’s Urban Master Plan’s Phase 2 includes creating an avenue for all residential neighborhoods. It comprises identifying a location within residential neighbourhoods and developing it in accordance with the integrated street network philosophy so that facilities and services are geared toward meeting the needs of the locals. This programme improves wellbeing, encourages soft mobility, and cuts down on commute time inside Dubai.
The Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan includes a historic housing budget.
The National Housing Policy of Dubai is one of six projects that the Supreme Committee of Urban Planning in Dubai has completed.
A unprecedented housing budget of $17.7 billion (AED65 billion) was set aside as part of the policy, increasing the number of people who would benefit from Dubai’s housing program. In Dubai, the extent of the land plots designated for housing nationals doubled to 157,935.17 m2. The launch of the Hatta Development Master Plan, which provides investment opportunities to locals, supports regional tourism, draws investment opportunities, reinforces relationships with the private sector, conserves heritage and the environment, and helps promote tourism in Hatta, was one of the projects that was completed.
Drafting the Urban Planning Law and creating an integrated planning database to enable sustainable development in accordance with the emirate’s aims were also completed initiatives. Among the projects was the Dubai Countryside and Rural Areas Development Master Plan, which aims to improve the quality of life for locals and guests while also promoting Dubai’s rural areas as major tourism destinations.
The Dubai Wellbeing Strategy and a project to expand Dubai’s public beaches are two of the additional five projects that the Supreme Committee of Urban Planning hopes to complete by the end of this year.
A plan for integrating land use and transportation policies, a landscaping policy, guiding development in coastal areas and lengthening beaches, doubling the number of public parks and recreation areas, creating a plan for sustainable mobility, and developing a strategy for the environment and sustainability are just a few of the projects that will be finished the following year.
Upgrading the Quality of Life in Dubai
The goal of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, which Sheikh Mohammed authorised in March 2021, is to make Dubai the best city in the world to live in.
As a result, there will be a further modernization of the city’s urban infrastructure, with a concentration on five important urban centers. Historical neighbourhoods in the emirate, like Deira and Bur Dubai, have museums, conventional and modern markets, and antebellum homes that highlight its tradition and past. The Dubai International Financial Centre, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road, and Downtown make up the city’s economic and trade centre, which supports a variety of commercial and financial operations. The centre for tourism and entertainment consists of:
Numerous commercial and tourist activities are supported by Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
The two new centres are the Dubai Silicon Oasis Centre, a scientific, technological, and information hub that promotes innovation, the expansion of the digital economy, and the development of new talent, and the Expo 2020 Center, a hub for the exhibitions, tourism, as well as logistics industries.
The new Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan establishes an integrated strategy for the growth of urban areas by ensuring that all city inhabitants have fair access to all facilities, resources, and possibilities. The plan specifies six stages of urbanisation that serve the community in a variety of residential and functional capacities. These levels are based on a graded structure of urban centres with a variety of uses and densities.
Based on these six levels, it would be possible to identify the infrastructure needs for roads and transportation systems, energy, and governmental services like health facilities, schools, service stations, customer support, and recreational facilities in a way that provides coordinated care throughout all Dubai districts while promoting the use of adaptable and sustainable modes of transportation.