Press Releases

UPC finalises agreements with four universities to develop the next generation of urban planners

02/05/2016

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council signs collaboration agreements with reputable academic instit...

UPC Launches Enhanced Street Design Tool at Cityscape Abu Dhabi

13/04/2016

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council holds live demonstrations of the new Abu Dhabi Urban Street a...

In line with 2030 Plans, UPC approves major mall development, as part of 27 approvals granted in Q4 2015

12/04/2016

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) grants detailed approval on 27 major real estate projec...

UPC to Announce Details of Major Real Estate Project Approvals at Tenth Anniversary of Cityscape Abu Dhabi

09/04/2016

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) will also launch an upgraded online design tool to ...

Al Ain Residential Project Sets Benchmark for New Community Mosque Design

04/01/2016

Jebel Hafeet Emirati Housing Project will be the first residential community in Al Ain to bene...

First Mixed-use Development in Mirfa to Connect the Community to the Waterfront

26/12/2015

In line with the UPC's Plan Al Gharbia 2030 vision, the first mixed-use development in Mirfa, ...

UPC announces Al Saad Master Plan containing hundreds of new villa plots for UAE Nationals in Al Ain

15/12/2015

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's Al Saad Master Plan will create a complete community with a...

Safety and Security Enhanced through Internationally Acclaimed Abu Dhabi Safety & Security Planning Manual

07/12/2015

To date, 137 real estate developments in Abu Dhabi have successfully utilised the new planning...

Medical college expansion one of 21 state-of-the-art projects approved by the UPC in Q3 2015

25/11/2015

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) approves 21 major real estate projects and master plans...

Capital Projects Plan to be developed for Al Ain and Al Gharbia

21/11/2015

The UPC met with 43 government entities and developers to brief them on advancing a data colle...

UPC Workshop Brings Together Government Stakeholders to Define Abu Dhabi City’s Urban Identity

15/11/2015

Abu Dhabi Government is being proactive in its efforts to ensure a coherent and consistent urb...

Chinese Delegation to Study Abu Dhabi Sustainability Programme

10/11/2015

Members of the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation to gain insight into Estidama ...

Shakhbout City Master Plan Completed by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council

09/11/2015

Master Plan includes extra housing for UAE Nationals and more community facilities including par...

UPC Tawasul Workshop Brings Together Key Developers in Latest Phase of Collaboration

04/11/2015

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) invites property developer representatives and sustainabi...

Key Updates to the Forthcoming Plan Maritime 2030 Set to be Unveiled at International Marine Environment Conference

03/11/2015

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) plays a major role in the First International Marine Envi...

Beachfront community development set to benefit UAE Nationals in Al Gharbia

26/10/2015

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's Mirfa Beach Master Plan will create a complete community with...

Tatweer Programme Drives UPC Along Roadmap to Excellence

21/10/2015

Cross-functional team of UAE Nationals from across the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council are inst...

New Real Estate Database Strengthens Urban Planning Foundations

12/10/2015

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council signs charter with 19 of the Emirate's leading developers for e...

Estidama Sustainability Programme in the Spotlight at International Ecocity World Summit

10/10/2015

Members of Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to play prominent role at Ecocity World Summit Abu D...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Launches New Model to Enhance Innovation

05/10/2015

Mustaqbali Programme for UAE National career and personal development proves to be a successful ...

Abu Dhabi – First City in the Middle East to Feature in Global Guide on Street Design

01/10/2015

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's invitation to contribute to international best practice g...

Total Floor Area of Projects Approved in Q2 Triples from Previous Quarter

16/08/2015

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council announces the approval of 26 developments covering a GFA of 2.3...

Students to Work on Key Abu Dhabi Planning Projects Under New Agreement

11/08/2015

The UPC and UAE University to collaborate on scientific research and planning projects, educatio...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Announces Growth Plans for Al Reem Island

15/06/2015

UPC grants approval of the Al Reem Island Integrated Concept Master Plan, which outlines communi...

Stakeholders Meet to Finalise Seychelles Development Strategy

12/05/2015

Final Charette, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, asks stakeholders 'How Will We ...

New Tool Set to Enhance Commercial Signage Regulations That Have Transformed Abu Dhabi’s Streets

22/04/2015

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council launches new tool to make it easier for building owners to adhe...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Launches New Corporate Vision

21/04/2015

Updated vision reflects evolution of the UPC into model of international best practice; Q1 proje...

UPC to Launch its New Vision for the Future at Cityscape 2015

18/04/2015

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council will also announce projects approved in Q1 2015 and showcas...

Major Al Ain Tourist Attraction is Among Projects Approved by the UPC in 2014

16/03/2015

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council approved 76 projects last year including major new developm...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Hosts Second Seychelles Strategic Plan Charette

19/01/2015

'What Does the Future Look Like?' The second Charette began today in Victoria, the capital city...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council unveils the first Safety and Security Planning Manual of its kind in the region.

05/11/2013

The Manual will ensure the creation of safe, secure and sustainable communities for new develop...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Awarded ITE Award – The First Outside of the USA.

25/09/2013

Urban Street Design Manual named as the winner of the ITE Award for Best Programme In Boston (U...

Rapid urban changes demand a strategy, supported by best practice planning tools, to ensure the sustainable growth of metropolitan area of Abu Dhabi.

15/09/2013

" FAST FORWARD PLANNING " :  Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) Involves Stakeholders t...

New Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations Unveiled

25/06/2013

Recognising the importance of mosques to the Islamic identity of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Urban ...

Multi-Modal Street Design Training Sessions: Municipalities, Consultants And Developers On Track To Implement Upc Guidelines

06/05/2013

The upgraded Urban Street Design Manual (USDM) presents new local examples of good practice as w...

End of July the deadline to change signage in Abu Dhabi

22/04/2013

Abu Dhabi's Department of Economic Development and Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council re...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council launches the “Development Review Stream” to optimize Development Approvals Process Across the Emirate

11/04/2013

New two-stream approach delivers a faster, more tailored review process for developers. The Abu...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Sets up its Second Stakeholder Session in the Western Region to Consult on Plan Al Gharbia 2030 Update

19/03/2013

The UPC holds one-day sessions with Al Gharbia stakeholders to address current and future region...

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Initiates Work on Plan Maritime 2030

03/11/2013

Endorsed by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi a...

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and American University of Sharjah Sign Memorandum of Collaboration

26/02/2013

The first university campus outside of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi adopts Estidama programme for su...

Plan Al Gharbia 2030: Benchmark Initiatives to Further Enhance the Emirate’s Mobility Standards

24/02/2013

A network of new pathways and pedestrian crossings in Ghayathi enhance connectivity and pedestri...

Demonstrating the UPC’s Sustainable Credentials at the World Future Energy Summit

15/01/2013

UPC unveils its exhibition stand built with recycled materials at the WFES. The objective of Ab...

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Its Estidama School Programme Developed In Partnership With Aldar Academies

16/01/2013

At the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), 'Sustainability through the Eyes of the Future' is dem...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Upgrades Urban Street Design Manual

17/09/2012

Abu Dhabi will develop a world-class urban environment that transforms streets into more people-...

UPC Unveils Al Khrair Masterplan

05/09/2012

A series of overarching urban planning principles have been devised to ensure a truly balanced a...

Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs partners with UPC

13/06/2012

MoU signed at MLTM - UPC Joint Forum Abu Dhabi, 13 June 2012: In its ongoing endeavour to promo...

UPC Celebrates World Environment Day 2012 by Focusing on Water Conservation

06/06/2012

Residents encouraged to actively participate in the Master Planning Process Under the theme "Su...

UPC Organizes Public Consultation Sessions for Six Areas within Abu Dhabi Mainland

19/05/2012

Residents encouraged to actively participate in the Master Planning Process The Abu Dhabi Urban...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Partners With Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority To Promote Urban Development Strategies And Best Practices

08/05/2012

MoU signed at Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum In its ongoing endeavour to promote urban plannin...

UPC’s ‘My Sustainable Abu Dhabi’ Facebook campaign concludes with contest winner announced

25/04/2012

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi student wins for pushing Estidama sustainability messages A...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council on track for 2012 launch of a suite of planning policies, regulations and guidelines

24/04/2012

In its ongoing efforts t to plan complete sustainable communities that will improve the quality ...

UPC’s Complete Sustainable Communities Initiatives Take Centre Stage at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2012

18/04/2012

Latest Developments on Plan Capital 2030, Al Ain 2030, Al Gharbia 2030 and Major Urban Planning...

UPC unveils Development Plan for Urban Areas in Al Ain

26/03/2012

Initiative aims to identify planning policies to support new and revitalization projects to furt...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Invites Communities to Attend Public Consultation Sessions for Al Gharbia

11/02/2012

Following its highly productive community outreach initiatives launched last week in the four pa...

UPC and DED Unveils Commercial Signage Regulations

08/02/2012

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) today unveils commercial signage regulations and a storef...

Urban Planning Council Organises Community Charrettes in Eastern Region

01/02/2012

Initiative is part of Abu Dhabi's Eastern Region 2030 Plan Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UP...

Emirati Housing Projects Attract Regional Interest

23/11/2011

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's Leadership presents the Al Falah and Yas Island villa pro...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Two New Gis Initiatives

16/11/2011

GeoPlanner 2 and GeoPad unveiled Launch of latest technologies coincides with World GIS Day, ...

Estidama Organises Sustainability Workshops for Villa Owners

02/11/2011

Emirati villa owners in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi briefed on the mandatory Pearl Rating System requir...

Facebook Contest on Sustainability Launched for University Students

29/10/2011

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council establishes facebook.com/adupc; twitter.com/adupc receives upli...

UPC Receives International Planning Excellence Award

27/10/2011

Award-winning Public Realm Design Manual recognised for benchmarking public realm design and for...

Emirati Housing Projects Gain Momentum

23/10/2011

UPC Leadership Receives Input from Local Residents on Yas Island; Visits Al Falah and Watani Dev...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council To Collaborate With The Government Of The Republic Of Seychelles To Develop A Masterplan For Its Capital City

18/10/2011

(From right to Left): HE Minister Joel Morgan, Ministry of Home Affairs, Environment, Transport ...

Abu dhabi urban planning council receives top geomaturity assessment rating for its spatial data infrastructure

08/10/2011

Recognising its success in implementing the latest, state-of-the-art geographic information syst...

UPC presents Emirate’s Urban Vision 2030 to Spanish Delegation from the City of Marbella

05/10/2011

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) today received a Spanish delegation headed by Mrs Angeles...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Awards Estidama Three Pearl Rating to 10 Abu Dhabi Education Council Schools

27/07/2011

The first schools in the Emirate to comply with the Estidama Pearl Rating System and the first b...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Baniyas-South Wathba Master Plan

24/07/2011

Master plan will see the creation of a cohesive urban fabric and become a benchmark for communit...

UPC Awards Estidama Pearl Rating to Three Aldar Development Projects

04/07/2011

Aldar has become the first developer to receive Estidama Pearl Design Rating approval from the A...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Shahama and Bahia Master Plan

28/06/2011

Shahama and Bahia becomes UPC's First Area Master Plan developed under Plan Capital 2030 Abu ...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Announces Major Emirati Housing Projects at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2011

26/04/2011

Over 13,000 New Homes for Emirati Families to be built by Local Developers Across the Emirate A...

UPC Awards First-Ever Estidama Five Pearl Rating to Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre in Al Ain

04/06/2011

Development's design will be region's catalyst for benchmarking future sustainable projects Com...

UPC and the Municipal System Unveil ‘Estidama Pearl Villa Owner Manual’

29/05/2011

Nine Villa Training Workshops Concluded to Help Villa Owners Comply with the Sustainability Prog...

UPC Highlights Abu Dhabi’s Sustainable Developments at Global City

15/03/2011

'Estidama' Takes Centre Stage as Next-Generation Emirati Planners Present Delegates with Abu D...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Certifies First Estidama Pearl-Qualified Professionals

09/02/2011

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has certified the first batch of Estidama Pearl-Quali...

Abu Dhabi’s landmark Mussafah Channel Project Completed

01/02/2011

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council hands over the AED 1.5 billion Project to ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Announces Partnership with Emirates Wildlife Society

28/12/2010

Council supports EWS' first Regional Turtle Conservation Project For the Middle East As part of...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Completes ‘Style Your Life’ Residents’ Survey

20/12/2010

Survey Integrates Abu Dhabi Residents' Feedback on Desired Community Facilities in the Emirate...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Wins Best Practice In Government Communications At MEPRA 2010 Awards

08/12/2010

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has won the Best Practice in Government Communications at...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s Next Generation Planners Complete Urbanism Training Course

30/11/2010

The second edition of the annual contemporary urbanism training module organised for the next ge...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Organises 1st Abu Dhabi Urban Development Forum

09/11/2010

UPC celebrates World Town Planning day with a first of its kind forum and by presenting the Publ...

Annual Urbanism Training Completed for Abu Dhabi’s Next Generation Emirati Urban Planners

The annual contemporary urbanism training module organised for the next generation Emirati urban...

Capital District Leads Abu Dhabi’s Sustainability Vision

22/07/2010

Abu DhabiUrban Planning Council defines Capital District's Sustainability Policy and Framework ...

Abu Dhabi’s Next Generation Planners Expand Expertise at Vancouver Urbanism Workshop

27/06/2010

Emirati Urban Planners successfully complete intensive course In its constant endeavour to pr...

Abu Dhabi’s Grand Vision In World Premiere at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010

14/04/2010

Capital 2030 In (First) Full Display at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010 Abu DhabiUrban Planning Cou...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Wins 2010 Excellence in GIS Implementation Award

Geospatial technologies help Abu Dhabi enhance urban planning initiatives Abu Dhabi Urban Plann...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to Promote Career Development Opportunities for UAE Nationals at Tawdheef 2010

02/01/2010

In its ongoing efforts to promote suitable Emirati talent for key positions, Abu Dhabi Urban Pla...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Organises First Public Charette Session for Al Ain’s Central District

25/01/2010

Charette session marks completion of a vital step towards developing Al Ain Downtown Revitalisat...

Majestic Grand Paris Project Joins Abu Dhabi’s World Sustainable Capitals initiative

07/04/2010

Abu DhabiUrban Planning Council and Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development Introduce Grand P...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Achieves ISO 27001 Certification for IT department

First Abu Dhabi Government Entity to Attain Coveted Recognition Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Counci...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Wins Best Residential Project Award at Cityscape Abu Dhabi

19/04/2010

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urb...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Urban Street Design Manual

20/02/2010

Abu Dhabi, 20 February, 2010: Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Waterfront Design Guidelines for Al Bateen

03/06/2010

Abu Dhabi, 6th March, 2010: In its incessant efforts to safeguard the natural resources and the ...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Partners with Abu Dhabi Education Council to Promote Higher Education

05/12/2010

Government Entities sign MoU to provide selective scholarships and employment opportunities to E...

Estidama Advances the Arab World’s First Sustainability Rating System

19/04/2010

Latest version of guidelines set urban development standards designed to further establish Abu D...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Wins Best Residential Project Award at Cityscape Abu Dhabi

19/04/2010

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urb...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Real Estate Forecast Study To Streamline Sector Development

18/04/2010

Measured and sustainable growth key in safeguarding transparency through balanced supply and dem...

UPC receives approval for Three pivotal Master Plans

03/11/2009

Members of the Urban Planning Council in Abu Dhabi, held today, in the presence of His Highness ...

Abu Dhabi establishes Mosque Development Committee

18/03/2009

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi recently announced the establishment of a Mosque Development Committee,...

UPC unveils Natural and Cultural Heritage Strategy

23/03/2009

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's...

UPC aims to attract Emirati talent at Careers U.A.E 2009.

29/03/2009

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urb...

Abu Dhabi's Urban Planning Council Launches 2030 Masterplan for Al Ain

04/08/2009

The Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urban reg...

Abu Dhabi unveils Capital City District

19/04/2009

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future physical plann...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s Capital City District Plan wins Best Urban Design and Master Planning Project at Cityscape Awards

20/04/2009

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urb...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council on track for 2009 launch of urban street design and mobility standards manual

22/04/2009

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urb...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council presents Award to Lord Norman Foster for his work on the Masdar City project

28/04/2009

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urb...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council embarks on Infrastructure Framework Plan for the Emirate

16/06/2009

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urb...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Corniche Public Beach Development Plan

07/01/2009

Abu Dhabi residents will soon enjoy an interactive beach front with new events and restaurants a...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to Invite Communities to Attend Public Consultation Sessions for Al Gharbia

08/09/2009

Residents encouraged to actively participate in the Planning Process of Plan Al Gharbia 2030 Ab...

Abu Dhabi Centre for Housing and Service Facilities Development mandates its course of action

24/08/2009

  Download exteriors Download floor plan Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council enters into strategic partnership with World Economic Forum

09/11/2009

UPC in partnership with ADCED launches World Sustainable Capitals Initiative Dalian, China: A d...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to Promote Emirati Talent at Najah 2009

10/01/2009

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: In an effort to continuously attract Emirati talent for suitabl...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council unveils new identity for Abu Dhabi Beach Project

10/05/2009

Abu Dhabi Corniche gearing up to greet visitors with world class facilities Abu Dhabi Urban Pla...

Capital City District Masterplan to make International Debut

13/10/2009

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to Unveil Masterplan Details at 2nd Abu Dhabi Investment Forum ...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Launches Dedicated Website for Abu Dhabi Beaches

15/10/2009

Enthusiasts can now surf beach activity information online Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu...

Plan Al Ain 2030 Wins the Coveted 2009 ISOCARP Award for Excellence

11/11/2009

Masterplan adjudged as the best strategic regional planning initiative Abu Dhabi, United Arab E...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to Showcase GIS Capabilities at Abu Dhabi GIS Day 2009

18/11/2009

Geospatial technologies help Abu Dhabi enhance urban planning initiatives Abu Dhabi, United Ara...

Abu Dhabi’s Eastern Region Embarks on Urban Development Course

12/07/2009

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council organises first Charette for developing 2030 Framework Plan Ab...

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and Environment Agency Abu Dhabi Unveil Coastal Development Guidelines

09/12/2009

Guidelines to Support Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 Principles Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi...

Landmark Sustainability Initiative Unveiled at World Economic Forum in Marrakech

27/10/2010

UPC in Partnership with ADCED to Present "CitySense" Urban Indicators under the World Sustainabl...

Abu Dhabi Residents To Participate in Developing The Emirate’s Community Facilities

15/09/2010

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council launches 'Style Your Life'   Residents' Survey In it...

Barcelona first city to join Abu Dhabi’s World Sustainable Capitals initiative

20/12/2009

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development sign benchmark a...