The model stretches from the Corniche on Abu Dhabi's main island to Shahama, Mussafah and Al Falah on the mainland, and includes the islands of Saadiyat, Yas, Lulu, Reem and Sowwah. Image Credit: Supplied picture

Abu Dhabi: For the first time, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) will showcase a full display model of what Abu Dhabi will look like in the next 30 years.

The model will be unveiled at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, which will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) from April 18 to 21.

UPC was set up in 2007 to plan for the future of Abu Dhabi's urban environment, and is the authority behind the visionary Abu Dhabi 2030 Urban Structure Framework, to which UPC has been devoted to work on with the help of hundreds of developers in the past three years.

With the aim of showcasing major urban planning initiatives, bringing together economic, cultural, environmental and social aspirations of Abu Dhabi in a single format, the 23x17-metre model will be displayed at UPC's Cityscape stand.

The model stretches from the Corniche on Abu Dhabi's main island to Shahama, Mussafah and Al Falah on the mainland, and includes the islands of Saadiyat, Yas, Lulu, Reem and Sowwah, which have been earmarked as key development areas of Capital 2030.

"This UPC initiative was designed in order to share our wise leader's grand vision with the people of Abu Dhabi, and with the rest of the world. It's a visible demonstration of our commitment to deliver what we embarked upon three years ago, when UPC was set up by an Emiri decree. It will be a living, breathing model that will be constantly updated to reflect progress on the ground, and serve as a great communication and promotional platform for all of Abu Dhabi's stakeholders," said Falah Al Ahbabi, UPC General Manager.

Visitors will be granted a holistic impression of the Vision 2030 urban development initiative across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia, through a designated Capital 2030 booth.

All of UPC's projects across the city of Abu Dhabi, from the Corniche revitalisation project, through to the North Wathba/South Baniyas masterplan, will be showcased. In addition, an interactive map for the Capital District will help highlight the planning for each precinct.