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Dubai Master Plan 2040: Improving Walkability In The City

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan 20Minute City Policy map

The Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan is a 20-Minute City Policy. It is a map for a future of a more sustainable urban developing Dubai. The plan aims to improve people’s quality of life and hopes to reinforce Dubai as a global destination for citizens, residents, and visitors.  By providing a wide diversity of lifestyle and investment opportunities over the next 20 years.

The new master plan is the seventh development plan for the emirate since 1960. Between 1960 and 2020, the population of Dubai multiplied 80 times from 40,000 in 1960 to 3.3 million.

The plan integrates all urban development master plans in the emirate. It aids Dubai’s economic priorities and future requirements. Lately, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved phase II of the master plan.

What is a 20-minute city policy?

The 20-minute city policy is a city where residents can travel to their destinations on foot or by bicycle in 20 minutes. The idea is to provide 80% accessibility of their daily requirements within 20 minutes.  The project consists of creating integrated service centers with all the required amenities and increasing the population density around mass transit stations.

 The plan expects an upgrade, enhancing Dubai’s urban areas.

Elements of the plan

  • The efficiency of resource utilization
  • Developing vibrant, healthy, and inclusive communities
  • Doubling green and leisure areas and public parks to provide a healthy environment for residents and visitors.

This sustainable and flexible method of mobility fosters economic activity and attracts foreign investments to new sectors. Furthermore, this safeguards the emirate’s cultural and urban heritage by strengthening citizens’ sentiments toward older neighborhoods. Finally, developing comprehensive legislation and planning a governance model to support sustainable development and growth.

The 10 crore Phase ll plan includes Dubai Real Estate Strategy, Urban Farming Plan, Preserving Urban Heritage Plan, Developing the 20-Minute City Policy, and Pedestrian Network Master Plan among others.

Additionally, His Highness examined the status of 17 initiatives and projects that were a part of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan’s initial phase.

Phase II of the plan primarily concentrates on the development of its five main metropolitan centers- three already existent and two new—is included in the next phase.

A thorough strategy for Dubai’s real estate market up until 2040 to bring it into compliance with the master plan’s criteria and achieve a balance between supply and demand has also been specified.

Proactive measures are required to manage opportunities, urban growth, investor's trust, and changes in real estate.

Top 5 facts about Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan Phase 2

  1. The second phase contains a framework for high-yield farming and agriculture by choosing appropriate sites and creating the facilities and infrastructure needed to guarantee food security.
  2. It includes strategies for promoting historic buildings, tourist attractions, and other archaeological sites to strengthen the emirates’ identity.
  3. If the plan succeeds, Dubai will see green spaces double in size. Nature reserves and rural natural areas constitute 6% of the total area, linking green corridors to the service areas, residential areas, and workplaces.
  4. There will be a 134% rise in the land area used for hotels and tourist attractions, a 168 square kilometer increase in commercial activity, and a 25% increase in the space used for educational and medical institutions.
  5. Along with its Urban Master Plan 2040, Dubai will issue an integrated and flexible urban planning law considering the future aspirations of the emirate’s diverse population, that supports sustainable development and growth.

The Master Plan features a model for integrated governance of the urban planning system that streamlines the mutual relationships and responsibilities of all stakeholders.

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