The Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) has announced the opening of Hudayriat Recreational Beach, located on the 3,000-hectare Hudayriat Island, south-west of the Abu Dhabi main island. Hudayriat Beach features four football fields, four volleyball courts, four basketball courts, four tennis courts, two beach football fields, two beach volleyball courts, and an open garden, state news agency WAM reported.
In line with the Abu Dhabi Plan, Hudayriat Island Master Plan will comprise of a complete sustainable community with a diverse range of facilities. This will include allocating several plots for UAE Nationals, who will benefit from the Emirati Housing Programme.
An accessible waterfront spanning an impressive 30km will be at the heart of the mixed-use development. It will take up to 10 minutes to walk from the waterfront to any point on the island.
Other key features of the project include recreational activities, a public shoreline, green mobility network and rich natural environment.
The UPC will take an integrated approach to the planning and design of the island, while balancing social, cultural, environmental and economic factors within a robust stakeholder engagement process.
Abdulla Al Sahi, Planning and Infrastructure Executive Director, of the UPC, said: “The UPC is delighted to get the planning work underway for Hudayriat Island and to announce that such a strong design firm has been appointed as the master-planner. This Master Plan is one of many that demonstrate our commitment to benefit the community.
“By utilising and enhancing the environmental features in this unique area of Abu Dhabi, this development will raise the standard of living, restore Emirati culture, promote healthy lifestyles and create a variety of coastal activities and attractions.
“We will ensure the Master Plan complies with the UPC’s full suite of planning frameworks and manuals so that every step is taken to lay the groundwork for safe and sustainable communities in the future.”