Al Ain City 2030
Al Ain is the soul of the Emirate. Its spirit emerges from the
unique conjunction of Jebel Hafeet, the nurturing oases and the
majestic desert that have together sustained over 5000 years of
continuous settlement. It now exemplifies both the ancient Bedouin
traditions and the modern aspirations of the Emirate.
Introduction to Al Ain City and Region
Al Ain, which means 'the spring' in Arabic, holds many of the
emirate's greatest cultural assets relating to the national
population's Bedouin roots and culture. Covering an area of
1,270,000 hectares, the region of Al Ain is rich in areas of
archaeological and environmental importance, characterized by the
diverse landscapes of sweeping dunes and alluvial planes, along
with agricultural activity and animal husbandry.
With over 400,000 of the region's 540,000 people residing in Al
Ain City alone, it is clear that the city is an important economic
and social hub. Located in the plains descending west of the Hajar
Mountains, the City of Al Ain is an ancient crossroads. For at
least 5,000 years, it has offered a pleasant, cool respite from the
heat of the surrounding desert. Al Ain is a city of lush oases fed
by an ancient irrigation system known as 'falaj'. It is also the
ancestral home of Abu Dhabi's ruling Al Nayhan family.
Al Ain 2030: Al Ain City Urban Structure Framework
In 2007, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council embarked on Plan
Al Ain 2030: Al Ain Urban Structure Framework to help Al Ain
evaluate and respond to current and future development challenges
and support the evolution of the city into a model desert
community. This plan, released in April 2009, covers the City of Al
Ain and as such, has now been rebranded as Al Ain City Urban
Structure Framework Plan in recognition of the geographical area
that it covers. This long-term plan is part of the overall vision
for the region of Al Ain.
Al Ain 2030: Al Ain Regional Structure Framework
In November 2009, following the release of the Al Ain City Urban
Structure Framework Plan, the UPC began creating a regional
development strategy for the settlements located in the 29
districts across the wider Al Ain region.
This will become the Al Ain Regional Structure Framework and
will combine together with the Al Ain City Urban Structure
Framework Plan to
Al Ain 2030 will sit alongside Plan Al Gharbia 2030 and Plan
Capital 2030. Together this provides a complete picture for the
Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Al Ain 2030
Al Ain Architectual Guidelines