Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday approved three landmark development and tourism projects in the capital.
Covering three million square metres, the projects include establishing a seaport, a media production city and a creativity zone. The projects will be implemented at Zayed Port.
Shaikh Mohammad approved the projects while visiting the Al Mina area where he was accompanied by Jassim Mohammad Buatabh Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office and Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and Falah Al Ahbabi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council.
The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince was briefed on the projects’ components and stages of implementation by Jassim Al Zaabi, Falah Al Ahbabi and Mariam Eid Al Muhairi, the director-general of Abu Dhabi Government Media office.
Shaikh Mohammad said that Abu Dhabi, under the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is witnessing an exceptional development rate for urban projects that offer new and distinctive marine destinations for Abu Dhabi residents and visitors, while at the same time preserving its national identity, cultural and human resources.
He also highlighted the importance of developing projects that serve the capital’s residents by providing tourist facilities that attract visitors and tourists, and thus enhancing the emirate’s reputation as a leading business and tourism destination, which will thereby increase investment opportunities for companies and diversify the national economy.
Shaikh Mohammad also called for the development of the Zayed Port as a multipurpose area, as well as for the redevelopment of all community markets in the Al Mina area, including fish, vegetables, wood and carpet markets.
The Media Production City will be located at Zayed Port, spanning 300,000 square metres. It will contain an external filming site and TV and cinema production studios. The move follows Abu Dhabi’s massive success in attracting a number of Hollywood and Bollywood films to the city.
The Creativity Zone will be developed in cooperation with the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. It will offer innovators in Abu Dhabi residential and miscellaneous facilities to carry out their work, in addition to leisure and recreational areas, all of which will be located around Warehouse421. The project will be a cultural destination for artists and designers, and will help enrich the creative community of UAE residents and visitors.