A delegation from Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED) Directorate of Studies paid a site visit to Mirfa and Madinat Zayed at the Western Region to see firsthand leading development projects and meet key officials to discuss various issues on how to progress Government’s initiatives and plans to achieve a comprehensive development for the region.
During this visit that comes in line with DED’s commitment and responsibility to develop the Western Region through coordination with the Municipality and other related government entities, the delegation met with HE Khalifa Salem Al Mansouri, the Executive Director of Cities and Suburbs Service Directorate, Western Region Municipality, at his office in Madinat Zayed.
DED’s delegation discussed various studies as well as development plans and projects envisaged to the Western Region as part of the Government’s endevours to promote the Region in general. The delegation was then briefed by HE on leading projects being undertaken in the Region, namely those related to city development and commercial, industrial and economic progress initiatives.
Al Mansouri praised the DED’s commitment and ongoing interest in developments taking place in the Western Region which translates the goals of Abu Dhabi’s Government and its Economic Vision 2030 that targets the Western Region in planning and development, allowing it a take bigger role to boost growth rates of the GDP for non-oil sectors of the Emirate.
“Western Region cities have recently been the focus of investors’ interest owing to the mega projects undertaken there. We hope that government entities team up together to overcome hindrances of development process which calls for a bigger role of non-oil economic sectors, especially the industrial ones, while benefiting from natural resources there”, HE said.
“We welcome any cooperation with DED to set forward a joint work frame mechanism that helps achieve mutual goals of development progress in the Western Region. We at the Western Region Municipality are committed to providing all data and information towards this end”, he added. The visiting delegation provided an overview of studies, surveys, and questionnaires recently implemented in the Western Region with recommendations concluded to set forth a clear roadmap for the Region’s development plans.
DED’s study on economic activities and their distributions concluded that the Western Region possesses huge economic, natural and tourism potentials, accounting for 40% of Abu Dhabi’s annual GDP.
The study highlighted that the Region possess tremendous natural resources, mainly oil, a stunning nature of widely stretched deserts and a 300- kilometre long beach line, and natural conservations home for some of rarest wildlife and marines species, making it a tourism destination for a rapidly-growing number of visitors annually.
The study centred on two cities of the seven Western Region, namely Madinat Zayed and Liwa. Targeted activity data for the Region constituted 12.9% of 87 surveys for Abu Dhabi, with 40 in Liwa and 47 in Madinat Zayed. In general, the study recommended data for licenses are provided in a manner allowing details important to studies, and that government entities cooperate to define the commercial needs of each city in line with size and requirements of people there.
Besides, the study called for a tighter control on some commercial activities, and close off all activity that practices unlicensed function or misuse the license. This will help establish investment-attracting business environment. The study stressed the need to establish one-stop shopping malls within modern cities to avoid current negative status, providing some commercial activities in one place.