x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Abu Dhabi development: Executive Council approves Dh15.8bn on housing and infrastructure projects

Housing loans to be offered to 1,550 nationals, and new hospital and sewage treatment plant among the major developments announced

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, chairs an Executive Council meeting. Also seen Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, National Security Adviser and Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court – Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, chairs an Executive Council meeting. Also seen Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, National Security Adviser and Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court – Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI // Abu Dhabi’s Executive Council is to spend Dh15.8 billion on developments including new homes, roads, a hospital and a sewerage plant.

Dh3.1bn in housing loans will be offered to 1,554 citizens in Abu Dhabi, the Eastern Region and Al Gharbia under a spending plan approved by the council on Wednesday.

The meeting was chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, a member of the Federal National Council, applauded the announcements.

“This initiative provides the society and people of the UAE and Abu Dhabi with stability,” said Dr Al Qubaisi.

“This is done through giving them the right housing and building a society that is provided with all means of good living, while emphasising more stability to expanding families.”

The new housing will cover 689 beneficiaries in Abu Dhabi, 756 in the Eastern Region and 109 in the Western Region.

Dh4.3bn was also approved to fund a new hospital in Al Ain.

Commissioned to the Abu Dhabi Health Company, or Seha, the hospital will offer world-class integrated medical services.

It will help to meet the needs of the growing population in Al Ain and the rest of the emirate.

The hospital will include 719 beds in surgery, paediatrics, maternity, intensive care and medical rehabilitation as well as VIP patients and royal suites.

It will also consist of 104 advanced specialist clinics, 17 units for radiology, CT scan and MRI, and 22 units for endoscopy diagnosis.

A Dh132 million sewage treatment plant has been planned for Al Ruwais in the Western Region.

The plant, assigned to the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company, aims to meet demand from ongoing expansion in the area’s industrial zones.

“There is a real need to build a new wastewater treatment plant for the national water resources and for health issues too,” said Dr Walid Elshorbagy, director of water resources at UAE University.

“Treating water is important for health and the environment, so there is always a need for these kinds of plans to be able to have an alternative plan for water resources.”

The project will include a wastewater reclamation plant with a capacity of 15,000 cubic metres a day.

A receiving station with the capacity of 16 tanks and a 10-kilometre pipeline to move treated water to the forest reservoirs in Al Ghayathi is another planned development.

“It’s a good investment, especially in Al Ruwais,” said Dr Muftah El Naas, a professor in chemical engineering at UAEU.

“You can protect the environment while saving and reusing this water for irrigation or any other industry.”

The plant will include a system to monitor and treat bad odours.

Other projects include Dh2.5bn to implement stages one, three and four of Al Mafraq-Al Ghuwaifat road.

Fifteen upper intersections and electricity posts on the 248km-road will be set up to reduce traffic accidents and travel time to the Western Region or Saudi Arabia.

The 62km Abu Dhabi-Dubai motorway from Saih Sheib to Sweihan Road will have high-voltage cables that intersect with the road removed.

More lights will be added and the new road will connect Khalifa Port with the industrial zone and Al Falah.

Finally, Dh810m will be invested in a project to install and modify air cables used to link the newly established power stations with others in the area, as the city seeks to meet greater electricity demand.

“On behalf of the people of Abu Dhabi, as citizens, we feel so much gratitude that our leadership is always keen on the human side of providing more stability to citizens,” said Dr Al Qubaisi.

“Whether it’s through housing, education or health, it is very generous to provide them with all these means before they even ask for it.”

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