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Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 takes place among world's elite projects

The Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 has been named in a list of the top 100 infrastructure projects worldwide, alongside a host of other projects from the UAE and the wider Arabian Gulf.

Visitors look at a model of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's Abu Dhabi 2030 project. Ravindranath K / The National
Visitors look at a model of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's Abu Dhabi 2030 project. Ravindranath K / The National

The Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 has been named in a list of the top 100 infrastructure projects worldwide, alongside a host of other projects from the UAE and the wider Arabian Gulf.

KPMG released its Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition, a look at the 20 best infrastructure projects in five regions around the world, at the World Cities Summit in Singapore last night.

Profiles of the Abu Dhabi's Vision 2030, Masdar City, Paris-Sorbonne University on Reem Island, and Yas Island Waste Management are all featured in the second edition of the report.

"The reason we are raising awareness is because it paints a positive view on Abu Dhabi, the UAE and Middle East in general," said Andy Robinson, a partner with KPMG and head of transportation and logistics. "They are doing a lot of things right in this part of the world and there's a lot of opportunities to develop infrastructure."

The first edition of the infrastructure report was issued in June 2010, with more than 12,000 hard copies distributed worldwide.

It was created to share innovative examples of projects that are expected to transform the urban setting in cities and the way the population uses the infrastructure and environment.

Relatively unknown compared with the major attractions on Yas Island, the automated vacuum waste-management system consists of 43 inlet points and 5.3km of pipes that can suck 40 tonnes of waste every day from sites around the island.

Projects from around the region, in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, have also been recognised in the list. The Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University for Women in Riyadh, was awarded the lead education infrastructure project in the world.

The list of 100 projects is broken down into 10 segments including: urban mobility, global connectivity, urban regeneration, education, health care, water, new and extended cities, recycling and waste management, urban energy infrastructure and communications infrastructure.

"There's a growing recognition for the demand of infrastructure assets across the globe," said Manu Mehra, the director of restructuring advisory at KPMG.

"Cities are seeing growth in population, which is putting pressure on infrastructure assets," he added.

KPMG praised the energy infrastructure in place in Abu Dhabi, the 2030 vision of improving transport systems and the development of housing districts and communities.

"Work still needs to be done on education and health care," said Mr Mehra. "If you are looking at the rapid expansion of Abu Dhabi through to 2030, it means more projects, more people coming in for those projects, demand for housing, demand for health care and demand for education and energy."

The UAE projects were highlighted alongside infrastructure such as the University of West England new campus in the United Kingdom, the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System World from Kranji to Changi in Singapore and the Kronsberg regeneration project in Hanover, Germany.

rjones@thenational.ae

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