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Dubai Municipality spending heavily on infrastructure

BY MOUSHUMI DAS CHAUDHURY / 9 September 2004

DUBAI - Dubai Municipality’s revenue for 2003 was Dh1.75 billion compared to Dh1.47 billion during 2002, an increase of 19.04 per cent.

The Municipality’s actual expenditure during 2003 was Dh2.36 billion compared to Dh1.97 billion in the year 2002, according to statistics provided by Dubai Municipality.

For many years, infrastructure investment in Dubai focused on the essential requirements of the emirate’s fast growing metropolis and as population is increasing rapidly all the required facilities that a modern developed state can provide for the people has been accomplished and others expansion is going on. 

Currently, new residential areas are being developed to meet the needs of a growing population; roads and other facilities are being upgraded.

Links with the outside world through the ports and airports, which are vital for trade and tourism, are constantly being improved and the government is providing the latest facilities in telecommunications, electricity, education and healthcare.

Expenditure on buildings and housing projects have increased by more than 25 per cent in Dubai and the value of completed building contracts in the private sector was Dh6.26 billion, including villas, residential complexes, multi-storey commercial buildings, industrial, recreational and service buildings.

Dubai Municipality has also planned to develop Deira Corniche along 5 square kilometres of beach between Al Hamriyah Port and Port Rashid. The corniche will be connected to an artificial island with extensive tourist facilities including public and private beaches. As part of this project, the Hamriyah vegetable and fruit market has been shifted to Al Aweer and last November, Dubai Development Board launched the Abu Hail development project as part of the Deira Corniche development.

According to Abdullah AbdulRahim, director of the planning and survey department at the Municipality, the central business districts of Deira and Bur Dubai will be redesigned incorporating several modern features as it is extremely important due to the commercial and social significance they assume. 

Dubai Development Board is also building new residential flats in Ghusais and has plans to develop the Al Jaddaf area as a residential, commercial and entertainment area.

Studies show that the population of Dubai is expected to reach three million in 2020, which will increase the number of vehicles to threefold in the near future. All this requires a huge investment in road infrastructure and public transport. There are 368 buses carrying more than 50,000 passengers in a year is provided by the Municipality for the residents of Dubai.

The Municipality has invested Dh686 million for a road network project under construction around the Dubai International Airport which will be constructed in five phases and will serve traffic resulting from the massive expansions underway at the international airport, and will improve traffic flow in Dubai.

Alongwith this, another road project connecting Bur Dubai and Deira via a third project over Dubai Creek in the Ras Al Khor area is scheduled to start next month and according to sources, the first phase will cost Dh351 million. The new bridge will have 12 lanes once completed, out of which six lanes will be exclusively for traffic on the expressway. The road corridor will stretch almost 15km from the Airport Tunnel under construction to the first interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road.

The growing demand for recreational facilities in Al Mizhar and Al Barsha area has prompted Dubai Municipality to plan two community parks in Al Mizhar and Al Barsha areas which will eventually offer lot of greenery, shaded places, children’s playgrounds, walkways and the park at Al Mizhar area will be set up covering an area of 3.29 hectares and Al Barsha  park will cover an area of 0.8 hectares with all the facilities. 

Apart from this, one of the most important project announced last year was the launch of the Dh18 billion Dubailand project, the emirate's effort to enhance its tourism sector. Once completed, it will have varied attractions which includes, Sports World, Eco Tourism World, Shopping world, Adventure world, Family city world and Kids world. Dubai Development and Investment Authority (DDIA) will manage the project.

 
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