His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the Dubai Countryside and Rural Areas Development Master Plan, spanning an area of 2,216 square kilometres.
The Plan seeks to preserve the nature of areas including Lehbab, Margham, Al Marmoom, Al Lisaili, Al Faqaa and Al Aweer, and provide a variety of services and amenities to residents and visitors to enhance their wellbeing. It also aims to offer a unique touristic experience and transform each area into a key tourist destination in the emirate.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also approved a host of development projects and initiatives to support the development of countryside and rural areas in Dubai. The projects will seek to protect natural reserves and archaeological sites, support farmers and local products and create investment opportunities for inhabitants. The Supreme Committee for Urban Planning will be in charge of implementing and governing the projects.
The Dubai Countryside and Rural Areas Development Master Plan will serve as a comprehensive plan for the next 20 years, in line with the Dubai Urban Plan 2040. The Plan includes development projects and initiatives to serve the needs of residents, in line with the vision of His Highness to transform Dubai into the world’s best city to live in.
The Master Plan will establish a distinct identity for each district, support farmers by offering them opportunities to sell their local products and transform Dubai’s countryside and rural areas into key tourist destinations. The Plan aims to improve the efficiency of public facilities and services for residents and visitors and develop public parks and traffic solutions to ease mobility. It also seeks to develop sustainable transportation systems that operate direct bus trips from the main stations to these areas and provide designated zones for bicycles and scooters.
The project also includes sports initiatives such as skydiving, hot-air balloons, safari trips, and a club for remotely controlled planes and cars. It will also include the first dedicated path for desert means, bicycles and desert electric scooters to link tourist attractions and entertainment areas with the existing cycling track at Al Qudra and Saih Al Salam.
Furthermore, the project will include a desert station for sand boarding and desert driving along with other facilities to ensure visitors can enjoy a unique experience and a variety of sports activities safely in line with the highest safety standards. The project will also offer helicopter tours to allow people to enjoy an aerial view of the area.
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