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Dubai 2040: everything you need to know about the Urban Master Plan

Plan unveiled by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is set to improve the quality of life in the city

A comprehensive plan that lays out the future of Dubai’s sustainable urban development was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Saturday.

The Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai unveiled the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan with the aim of transforming the emirate and creating a truly interconnected, people-led city that balances community with tourism and modernity with heritage and nature.

Over the next two decades, the emirate’s population is expected to swell to 5.8 million, from 3.3 million now, and this new plan aims to ensure that Dubai is the best city in the world to live in.

What is the plan?

The Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan is the seventh plan of its kind to be implemented in the emirate since 1960.

It focuses on using space within the limits of the current city and concentrates development in existing urban areas.

These are the main highlights:

  • Five main urban areas will be developed
  • Spaces designated for educational and health facilities will increase by 25 per cent
  • Areas for hotels and tourism will be expanded by 134 per cent
  • Areas used for commercial, industrial and economic activities will increase to 168 square kilometres
  • Length of public beaches will increase by as much as 400 per cent
  • 60 per cent of Dubai to comprise of nature reserves and natural areas
  • 55 per cent of the population will live within 800 metres of a main public transport station

Ultimately, the plan seeks to raise the quality of life of the city while increasing population densities around mass transit stations.

Along with the physical plan, an urban planning law was issued to support sustainable development and improvement in the emirate.