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 Plan

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 Plan

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.

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