x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Earth-friendly housing for all

Abu Dhabi's Executive Council says it will provide 7,608 residential villas for Emiratis this year as part of its National Housing Programme, which aims to "provide good-quality accommodation for all Abu Dhabi citizens".

Abu Dhabi's Executive Council says it will provide 7,608 residential villas for Emiratis this year as part of its National Housing Programme, which aims to "provide good-quality accommodation for all Abu Dhabi citizens".

In January, the Government announced a swathe of new projects and expansions to existing ones providing significant new investment in social infrastructure, health and education and giving a boost to economic development in the emirate.

In addition to the villas planned for this year, Emirati housing projects are being built in areas including Liwa, Nema, North Wathba and Al Hayer. The North Wathba residential project alone will cover 41.78 square kilometres and will comprise 13,150 new homes.

In August, the developer Aldar estimated that Abu Dhabi could require as many as 10,000 new villas to match its housing needs for middle-income Emiratis.

Estidama means "sustainability" in Arabic and more than 115 developments have been now been awarded a Pearl rating, of which more than 50 are now under construction.

lbarnard@thenational.ae