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Dubai Perceives Urban Plan 2040 As A Pathway To Wellbeing: Mattar Al Tayer At WGS 2023



Dubai Perceives Urban Plan 2040 As A Pathway To Wellbeing Mattar Al Tayer At WGS 2023

Dubai – Speaking at the World Government Summit 2023, Mattar Al Tayer said that Dubai views the Urban Plan 2040 as a way to improve the wellness of its citizens.

As Commissioner-General for Infrastructure, Urban Planning, and the Wellbeing Pillar and Chairman of the Supreme Committee of Urban Planning in Dubai, Mattar Al Tayer highlighted that promoting well-being and sustainability has emerged as a key issue on the agendas of politicians and policymakers.

Dubai Urban Plan 2040 aims to make the city the best place to live in the world

Mattar Al Tayer spotlighted that metropolitan cities face strategic challenges as a result of high population growth rates, urbanization, urban sprawl, swift technological advancements, and global climate change in his keynote address titled “Urban Planning Pathway to Well being” at the World Government Forum (WGF) 2023.

Dubai Urban Plan 2040 aims to make the city the best place to live in the world

He noted that these difficulties highlight the necessity of creating models, strategies, and initiatives that put the needs of people first.

Al Tayer believes that in order to protect resources for future generations, efforts should be taken to reduce carbon footprints and adopt sustainable solutions.

He also noted that 2023 has been declared the Year of Sustainability by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, he said that the UAE will host the Climate Change Conference (COP 28) in November of this year in Expo City in Dubai.

Mattar Al Tayer emphasized that under His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s direction, Dubai anticipated the difficulties that cities would experience and, in 2021, unveiled the Dubai Urban Plan 2040.

This strategic and adaptable transformative plan intends to make Dubai the best city in the world to live in by outlining an integrated framework for sustainable urban development that places a premium on improving people’s well-being, quality of life, and the emirate’s ability to compete globally.

By ensuring that 55% of the population lives within 800 meters or fewer of public transportation terminals, Mattar Al Tayer states that the Dubai Urban Plan 2040 strives to increase mobility in a flexible and sustainable way.

By boosting commercial activity to 168 square kilometers, hotel, and tourism activity area by 134%, green spaces, and recreational space by 105%, and public beaches by up to 400%, the plan also aims to improve investment opportunities.

According to Mattar Al Tayer, there are five urban centers identified in the Dubai Urban Plan 2040: the Historical Center in Deira and Bur Dubai, the Economic and Financial Center in Burj Khalifa and Business Bay, the Tourism and Entertainment Center in Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence, the Exhibitions Center at Expo 2020 City, and the Knowledge and Innovation Center in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

The goal of the plan is to increase population density and development scale to make the most of already-existing infrastructure and services by meeting 80% of the daily needs of the population in 20 minutes or less by employing soft mobility methods like walking, cycling, or public transportation. A further goal of the strategy is to protect 60% of the emirate’s land as rural and natural reserves.

The wise leadership has backed the Dubai Urban Plan 2040, according to Mattar Al Tayer, and a blueprint has been approved to ensure sustainable growth.

A sustainable housing strategy for citizens, extensive measures to protect rural areas, and the creation of urban planning rules to control interactions between private developers, institutional investors, and governmental organizations are all included in the plan.

The plan also incorporates an adaptable strategy for managing urban planning that strikes a balance between sustainable growth and the best possible use of available space for projects. A comprehensive wellness strategy for Dubai is currently being developed.

Its goal is to establish a model for well-being and increase Dubai’s attractiveness as the greatest city in the world to live in. In order to design this strategy, 17 agencies have partnered up.

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It covers three levels: individuals, communities, and the city. Over 12,000 respondents were assessed in a survey of different societal groups to determine their needs and goals.

Mattar Al Tayer pointed out the importance of utilizing cutting-edge technology like AI and big data to increase the efficiency of city planning and decision-making.

In order to achieve alignment, flexibility, and response to changes, he also underlined the need for regular reviews of sector plans. He came to the conclusion that proactive measures, effective implementation, and continual development—rather than luck—are the causes of cities’ success.

In his presentation, Mattar Al Tayer discussed the lessons learned from Dubai’s experience, which he described as strategies and policies that have to be human-centric and set out priorities that align with present and future demands to ensure resource sustainability. He also underlined the significance of governance as an organizational framework that ensures the execution of developed strategies.

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