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Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan: A green, happy and thriving place for all

On March 13, 2021, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced the launch of the ‘Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan'

Dubai’s population is set to jump to 5.8 million by 2040 from 3.3 million in 2020 Areas dedicated to economic and recreational activities will double 80% of residents in the UAE believe they’d be happy living in a smart city

Dubai’s population is set to jump to 5.8 million by 2040 from 3.3 million in 2020.

And there is a vision accompanying that growth. The recently announced Master Plan is the 7th such plan developed for the emirate since 1960.

On March 13, 2021, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced the launch of the ‘Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan’ mapping out a comprehensive future map for sustainable urban development in the city.

It is in alignment with the UAE’s vision for the next 50 years with a focus on enhancing people’s happiness and quality of life.

In a tweet from his official Twitter account, Sheikh Mohammed announced, “Areas dedicated to economic and recreational activities will double, our public beach areas will increase by 400% over the next 20 years and 60% of Dubai’s area will be nature reserves.”

Under the plan, the land area used for hotels and tourist activities will increase by 134%, while the land used for commercial activities will increase to 168 sqkms.

Land allocated to education and health facilities will rise by 25%.

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Five districts, two new ones 

Plans will focus on creating the best possible environment and infrastructure to enhance the community’s happiness and wellbeing. 

The plan is to mainly focus on the development and investment in five main urban centers which include three existing and two new centers. The existing urban centers include Deira and Bur Dubai; Downtown and Business Bay; and Dubai Marina and JBR.  

The two new centers include Expo 2020 Centre, an economic and growth hotspot featuring affordable housing and a focal point for the exhibitions, tourism, and logistics sectors, and Dubai Silicon Oasis Centre, a science and technology and knowledge hub that drives innovation, digital economy development, and talent generation.

The master plan also aims to encourage mass transit use, walking, cycling, and the use of flexible means of transportation, besides developing a comprehensive planning database to support decision-making and enhance transparency.

Cities of the future report

Mastercard, Smart Dubai, and Expo 2020 Dubai have collaborated to launch its Building the Cities of the Future report to better understand the pulse of UAE citizens and residents and their aspirations in shaping the future development of smart cities.

The survey found nearly 80% of residents in the UAE believe they’d be happy living in a smart city.

The top 3 resident expectations of a smart city were:

  1. Environmentally-friendly business practices
  2. Paperless government services
  3. Fast, affordable, city-wide internet connectivity. 

Some 67% of respondents expect their smartphones to be the primary channel to access city services.  

Respondents cited ultra-fast mobile connections, driverless taxis, and virtual medical diagnoses from AI doctors as the most exciting innovations in the cities of the future.

As for sustainability, the study found that 53% of UAE respondents consider living in a sustainable city as the most exciting innovation in future smart cities.