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DPM Develops Automated Planning System For Abu Dhabi Government
12/10/2017

The Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) is leading a project to develop a Capital Investment Planning System that will automate processes and bring together all government ...

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DPM to showcase its digital achievements at GITEX Technology Week 2017
08/10/2017

The Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) will showcase its latest digital development projects in the Abu Dhabi digital government pavilion at GITEX 2017. The premier annual ...

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UPC Reveals 2016 Annual Report
10/09/2017

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has published its 2016 Annual Report, detailing some of its most impressive achievements, which have kept the Emirate on course to reach objectives outlined ...

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UPC’s Online Planning Portal Wins Prestigious Global Award
11/07/2017

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has won a prestigious international award for its innovative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping technology. The UPC’s Spatial Data team ha ...

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UPC To Bring All Its Services Online With New Website
24/05/2017

The Urban Planning Council (UPC) has launched six major e-Services, as part of its e-Services Transformation Project, with a fresh new website. In accordance with the Abu Dhabi Plan, the UPC ha ...

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UN Under Secretary General discusses Urban Sustainability with UPC
23/05/2017

A senior representative from the United Nations (UN) met with Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) this week to discuss the global issue of rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, ...

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Hudayriat Island to transform into vibrant and sustainable community
22/05/2017

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) held a workshop with stakeholders today to discuss approaches that will transform Hudayriat Island - a 3,000-hectare area, southwest of Abu Dhabi Island. ...

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UPC Signs Formal Agreement with Real Estate Developers to Kick-start Year of Giving 2017 Initiative
20/04/2017

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) yesterday announced a formal agreement with the UAE’s leading property companies, committing them to a major community initiative for Year of Giving 20 ...

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H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed was given a guided tour of Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) stand at Cityscape Abu Dhabi as its new identity was revealed
18/04/2017

H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, today visited the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) stand, as he received a full update on the progress of ...

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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 institutes to increase local talent and support Emiratisation. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has si ...

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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 and Utility Design Tool, taking delegates through a range of new features and customisation options. The U ...

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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 projects and master plans in Q4 2015 spanning almost nine million m2 of GFA; total GFA approved for 2015 up 26%. ...

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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 help develop enhanced streets. The UPC will mark the tenth anniversary of the Cityscape Abu Dhabi propert ...

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The Urban Planning and Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment sign an MOU to use Urban Planning's Estidama Pearl Rating System on Dubai Government project for the first time - highlighting cooperation and knowledge exchange between government entities in the UAE
14/03/2016

Al Warqaa villa project ,which includes 72 villas, to be designed and constructed in line with the requirements of the Estidama Pearl Rating System, which is anticipated to reduce energy consumption b ...

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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 benefit from eight new Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations-compliant mosques. As the first community in A ...

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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, Al Wajeha Al Bahria, will boost residential connectivity to the stunning coastline of the Western Region. ...

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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 range of facilities and over 300 new villa plots for UAE Nationals in Al Ain The master plan for a new r ...

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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 guide focusing on safety and security In a further step towards enhancing Abu Dhabi's position as one th ...

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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 in Q3 2015 spanning 1.6 million m2 of GFA, including extension to College of Medicine and Health Sciences ...

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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 collection project for development in Al Ain and Al Gharbia. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) is mov ...

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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 urban identity in advance of Vision 2030 The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has held a workshop with ...

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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 and Pearl Rating System. Visit displays UPC's reputation as a leader in sustainability best practice. A ...

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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 parks, schools, mosques and clinics The master plan for the development of Shakhbout City, featuring addit ...

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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 sustainability experts to exchange ideas and identify opportunities for innovation in planning. The UPC is holdin ...

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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 Environment Conference in Fujairah on November 3rd to 4th 2015 The UPC will use an upcoming marine environm ...

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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 over 400 villas for residents on the coast of Al Gharbia More than four hundred villas are planned for ...

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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 instrumental to organisational excellence The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has created a cross-fu ...

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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 enhanced data sharing on residential, commercial and retail project portfolios. Abu Dhabi's urban planne ...

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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 Dhabi on October 11th to 13th The blueprint for Abu Dhabi's sustainable urban development will be centre ...

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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 outcome of the UPC's new Government Strategic Innovation Model, which aims to foster a spirit of creativ ...

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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 guide demonstrates growing reputation as a model for urban design The capital's streets are to feature i ...

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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 million m2 in the second quarter of 2015 The total floor area of developments given the green light mo ...

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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, education and training for students and professors; annual internships on offer for students - will better equip ...

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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 community facilities including schools, hospitals, mosques, parks and promenades The approval of an overarching ...

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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 Get There?' Plans for the sustainable growth of the Seychelles over the next 25 years reached a key miles ...

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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 adhere to Commercial Signage Regulations The Abu Dhabi Commercial Signage Regulations, which govern commerci ...

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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 project approvals also announced at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2015 The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has u ...

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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 showcase resource-saving design features through Estidama Experience Centre The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Counci ...

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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 developments in Al Ain and Al Gharbia Plans for a major new tourist attraction in Al Ain featuring an African sa ...

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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 of the Seychelles, for the development of the Seychelles Strategic Plan. Stakeholders from Government a ...

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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 developments and existing areas. To guide the development of safe and secure communities, the Abu Dhabi Urban Pl ...

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Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Awarded ITE Award – The First Outside of the USA.
25/09/2013

In Boston (U.S.A), the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) won the '2013 ITE Award for Best Programme' with its Urban Street Design Manual (USDM). The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Aw ...

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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

Today, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) commenced a three-day stakeholder 'Charrette' workshop session at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The "Charette" is being held with ...

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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 Planning Council (UPC) today unveils new Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations (ADMDR). These regulat ...

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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 well as retrofitting streets and junctions, including guidance for design of Emirati neighborhood network ...

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End of July the deadline to change signage in Abu Dhabi
22/04/2013

Abu Dhabi Business Center of the Department of Economic Development had set end of July as the deadline for business owners in Abu Dhabi to change their shops signage in accordance with the regulatio ...

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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 Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has today unveiled its new Development Review Stream (DRS) process ai ...

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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 regional needs Yesterday, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) set up a second stakeholder consultation ...

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The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Initiates Work on Plan Maritime 2030
11/03/2013

Endorsed by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Initiates Work ...

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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 sustainable design and construction The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and American University of ...

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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 pedestrian safety, and promote walking in Al Gharbia. In September 2012, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (U ...

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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 Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 is to develop a sustainable Emirate, with the Estidama initiative at its core. Estida ...

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The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Its Estidama School Programme Developed In Partnership With Aldar Academies
15/01/2013

At the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), 'Sustainability through the Eyes of the Future' is demonstrating how the next generation is creating its sustainable future. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Coun ...

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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-friendly places. the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), has today unveiled the upgraded version of ...

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UPC Unveils Al Khrair Masterplan
05/09/2012

A series of overarching urban planning principles have been devised to ensure a truly balanced approach to Al Khrair community development able to bring long-term benefits to residents. In its ongoing ...

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Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs partners with UPC
13/06/2012

Abu Dhabi, 13 June 2012: In its ongoing endeavour to promote urban planning strategies and best practices, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), today entered into a cooperation agreement with the ...

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UPC Celebrates World Environment Day 2012 by Focusing on Water Conservation
06/06/2012

Under the theme "Sustainable Urban Development", the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) will be organizing a series of awareness activities and lecture that will focus Estidama's four sustainabil ...

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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 Planning Council (UPC) is organizing public consultation sessions for six areas within the Abu Dhabi Mai ...

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Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Partners With Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority To Promote Urban Development Strategies And Best Practices
08/05/2012

In its ongoing endeavour to promote urban planning strategies and best practices, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), today entered into a cooperation agreement with Singapore's Urban Redevelopme ...

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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 Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), as part of its "UniverCity" Outreach Programme and through its com ...

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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 of life and reflect the values and culture of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Cou ...

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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 Initiatives To Be Highlighted Monumental Model of Capital 2030 To Bring Latest Development Plans T ...

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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 further enhance the quality of life for Al Ain residents ...

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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 parts of the Eastern Region that saw very encouraging public interaction, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council ...

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UPC and DED Unveils Commercial Signage Regulations
08/02/2012

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) today unveils commercial signage regulations and a storefront policy to improve signage, building facades and limit the use of public space for equipment and sto ...

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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 (UPC) recently organised the first community Charrette sessions for the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi. Under t ...

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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 projects to the Minister of Housing of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Amer Al Hammadi accompanies H.E Dr. Sho ...

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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, which sees more than 80 countries celebrate how GeoSpatial technology is shaping the world The Abu Dhabi U ...

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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 requirements Estidama - the sustainability programme spearheaded by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) ...

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Facebook Contest on Sustainability Launched for University Students
29/10/2011

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council establishes facebook.com/adupc; twitter.com/adupc receives uplift The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has lau ...

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UPC Receives International Planning Excellence Award
27/10/2011

Award-winning Public Realm Design Manual recognised for benchmarking public realm design and for driving sustainable Emirate-wide communities The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council ...

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Emirati Housing Projects Gain Momentum
23/10/2011

UPC Leadership Receives Input from Local Residents on Yas Island; Visits Al Falah and Watani Developments Cementing its commitment to providing world ...

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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 & Energy, Government of Seychelles, and HE Falah ...

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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 systems (GIS) in all of its urban planning processes, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has receive ...

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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 Munoz Uriol, Mayoress of Marbella, Spain and member of the Andalusia parliament. The delegation was rec ...

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01/01/0001

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