Plan Maritime 2030
Background to Plan Maritime 2030
Abu Dhabi's mainland coastline is approximately 2,435 kilometres
long and its waters include around 215 islands and a diverse and
rich marine environment, which includes fragile wetlands, mangroves
and an internationally important dugong population. These marine
areas will become increasingly important contributors towards the
diversification of Abu Dhabi's economy, as they will help to
attract greater numbers of tourists.
Why are Abu Dhabi's coastal and marine resources so
The long-term economic viability of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is
inextricably tied to its land and coastal and marine resources. In
particular, the Arabian Gulf, its coastlines, and its islands have
long been a major part of the Emirate's source of sustenance,
providing the resources, ecosystems and recreational opportunities,
necessary to sustain its people and make possible the unprecedented
development that has marked the Emirate's emergence as a world
economic power. Whether on the coast or inland, all life in the
Emirate is fundamentally connected to the maritime domain.
More recently, through the discovery of abundant oil and gas
reserves, the maritime domain has provided natural resources of
strategic importance, which have fuelled the Emirate's rapid
development and emergence as a world economic power. Its waters
link Abu Dhabi to the global market, and provide abundant
recreational and increasing tourism opportunities for the Emirate's
citizens, residents and visitors. The desalination plants that meet
much of the Emirate's water needs and the majority of power
stations are located along Abu Dhabi's coastal zone, and future
nuclear plants are also earmarked for coastal locations in Al
Continued economic success, stability and quality of life in the
Emirate is therefore, intrinsically connected to creating a
sustainable maritime domain.
What is Abu Dhabi's Maritime Strategy?
In 2009, a comprehensive Maritime Strategy for the Emirate of
Abu Dhabi was endorsed by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al
Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of
the UAE Armed Forces.
The long-term vision for the Maritime Strategy is for a 'safe,
secure and sustainable maritime domain for Abu Dhabi'. The Strategy
addresses a number of issues, including transport, safety,
security, emergency planning, sustainable development, and
environmental protection, and recognises the need for effective
integrated governance, systems and processes. The Strategy
establishes a shared vision for the future and provides maritime
stakeholders with a unified strategic direction to guide the
development of new and enhanced maritime-related programmes. To
achieve the goals of the Maritime Strategy, the Abu Dhabi Maritime
Strategic Plan 2012-2016 is the first in a series that was prepared
on a five year cycle.
What is the UPC's role in developing the Abu Dhabi
Maritime Strategic Plan?
A main priority derived from the key goals of the Abu Dhabi
Maritime Strategic Plan is to develop a spatial planning framework
for sustainable marine and coastal development. The UPC has been
directed by the Office of the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE
Armed Forces to lead the implementation of this key initiative of
the endorsed Maritime Strategy, 2009.
As such, the UPC is now preparing the Plan Maritime 2030: Abu
Dhabi Coastal and Marine Framework Plan (ADCMFP) and it is intended
to action and complement the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Policy
Agenda 2030, Economic Vision 2030 and Plans Capital, and Al Gharbia
2030 Framework Plans.
Interaction with and evolution of the Abu Dhabi regional plans
Plan Capital 2030 Urban Structure Framework Plan was the first
framework to be developed by the UPC in 2007 and was groundbreaking
in its approach and scale. It covers the area of Abu Dhabi Island
and the surrounding mainland (Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area) and was
the result of a large analysis and research process to understand
the area. Plan Al Ain 2030 comprises a regional and an urban
structure framework plan. Al Ain City 2030 Urban Structure
Framework Plan, released in 2009, covers the City of Al Ain. Known
as the 'garden city' of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is the ancestral home of
the ruling Al Nahyan family. Plan Al Gharbia 2030 Regional
Structure Framework Plan was the third plan to be created and
covers the seven key settlements of the Western Region - Liwa,
Madinat Zayed, Mirfa, Delma, Sila'a, Ruwais and Ghayathi. Al
Gharbia is the largest region of the Emirate and holds the majority
of the Emirate's oil and gas reserves while being recognised in the
Emirate for its diverse agriculture and animal husbandry along with
its beautiful natural coastline.
Plan Maritime 2030 Abu Dhabi Coastal and Marine Framework Plan
will be the fourth plan. Plan Maritime 2030 will be a framework
document providing strategic planning guidance and direction for
Abu Dhabi's coastal and marine area. The Plan will complement and
align with the other framework plans.
How will Plan Maritime 2030 be developed?
Plan Maritime 2030 is being developed in coordination with a
host of government agency stakeholders to ensure the Plan
integrates with the Maritime Strategy. A stakeholder engagement
programme is also a key part of the process.
The UPC will follow international standards and the 'Plan 2030'
process that was successfully used to develop all of the urban and
regional structure framework plans currently in use.
What will be the positive outcomes of Plan Maritime
Through the development of Plan Maritime 2030, it is anticipated
- The creation of plans and policies within it will inform future
governance policies, regulations and management.
- The protection of the Emirate and its natural, social and
cultural wealth will be carefully monitored and implemented.
- Abu Dhabi will be looked to as a benchmark for integrated
sustainability planning and the sensitive management and
development of natural resources and energy.
What are the aims of the process for creating Plan
The process aims to reconcile different policies that affect the
coastal and marine area and establish a framework that facilitates
the integration of the interests and responsibilities of all those
involved in the development, planning, management and use of the
coastal areas. Plan Maritime 2030 delivers a plan-led framework for
development of these coastal areas.
Plan Maritime 2030 is intended to be the mechanism to ensure the
Emirate of Abu Dhabi's internal waterways, mainland/island
coastlines and waters of the Arabian Gulf maintain a balanced and
diverse array of maritime activity within a sensitively and
responsibly managed planning framework for the marine and maritime
What are the objectives of Plan Maritime
The overarching objective is to develop a framework for a
consolidated, simplified and updated regulatory framework for
planning within coastal and marine areas.
Plan Maritime 2030 will provide the guidance necessary to inform
the sustainable development of public and private investments and
initiatives within Abu Dhabi's marine and coastal areas, and ensure
equitable access to it, while harnessing the opportunities its
diverse ecosystems and sheltered waters are creating for
recreational and eco-tourism activities. It will recognise the
waters and coasts as an outstanding resource and asset that should
be sustained for future generations.
What are the next steps?
Plan Maritime 2030 is being developed in full coordination with
fellow Maritime Strategy stakeholders and other stakeholders and it
is anticipated to be completed in 2016.
How can you become involved and have your say at this
PM 2030 Survey
We have devised a short survey to feed into and support Plan
Maritime 2030. We would be grateful if you could spare a few
moments to undertake the survey as your comments and opinions are
important to the project.
English survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LSTWKKY
Arabic survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LSTV8TS
For further information or to leave feedback please contact the
UPC Plan Maritime 2030 Project Team
Tel: +971 (2) 4096292.
An Introduction to Plan Maritime 2030
The waters and coastal areas of Abu Dhabi are many things to
UAE Nationals, residents and visitors - working waterways,
transport routes, heritage, recreational areas, important and
unique environments and desirable places to live,
Plan Maritime 2030 will highlight this importance and guide
future sustainable use within a safe, secure, vibrant and diverse
environment to enhance quality of life of UAE Nationals and
What is Plan Maritime 2030?
Plan Maritime 2030 will be a framework document providing
strategic planning guidance and direction.
It will distil all pertinent maritime, coastal and marine
planning related matters through a stringent process of review and
analysis into a single spatial plan.
It will contain objectives, principles, policies, geographic
plans and schemes and associated commentaries.
What is the vision for Plan Maritime 2030?
The Abu Dhabi Government endorsed vision for the Maritime
Strategy for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is:
'A safe, secure and sustainable maritime domain for Abu
Plan Maritime 2030 supports this vision statement.
Planning Principles will be developed in support of the vision
statement and provide a framework in which decisions will be made.
They will become the governing set of guidelines by which the Plan
is formulated and subsequently implemented.
What area does Plan Maritime 2030 cover?
Plan Maritime 2030 will cover all waterways, coastal and
maritime areas within Abu Dhabi Emirate's boundaries.
The plan will focus on seven key areas.
What are the Principles of Plan Maritime
- Sustainability - Foster sustainability in coastal and marine
areas. To achieve sustainability, environmental protection should
be considered an integral part of the development process and
cannot be considered in isolation from it.
- Coastal and Marine Resource Conservation - Conserve coastal and
marine resources, processes and landscapes/seascapes through
management actions that will ensure sustainable use of biodiversity
and resilience in coastal and marine ecosystems.
- Safety and Security - Give National safety and security the
highest priority while recognising the need to support economic
development, human activities and environmental protection.
- Culture and Heritage - Preserve, conserve and interpret the
Emirate's maritime heritage while promoting the living culture and
- Governance, Transparency and Accountability - Use participatory
governance and ensure transparency, accountability and regional
responsibility in the planning and management of coastal and marine
- Risk-informed Decision-making and Adaptive Management -
Implement management actions based on the best available
information and expertise, take risk-informed decisions including
the consideration of cumulative effects, and be flexible enough to
adapt management to new information and changing conditions.
- Integrated Planning - Achieve balanced sustainable outcomes
through integrated planning and management within a framework of
spatial optimisation and respect for the environment.
- Public Interest - Foster increased access and use of the coast
and the Gulf by the public through planning and management
What are the Ten Challenges in the Coastal and Marine
- Climate Change Adaptation Coastal and Marine Natural
- Marine Water Quality
- Cultural Heritage
- Recreation and Tourism
- Access and Landscapes
- Maritime Transport
- Maritime Utilities
- Blue Economy
- Safety and Security