The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has identified the need to develop city infrastructure to reduce its economic dependability from oil export. Few years back, State Government didn’t support investors and developers to construct mega property developments and infrastructure projects in the city. After observing tremendous growth rate of its neighboring state Dubai, State Government of the capital emirate started taking great interest to develop residential, commercial and industrial developments across the city.
Moreover, Government also started paying attention to build city infrastructure to facilitate investors and entrepreneurs to establish their business in the capital emirate. For successful achievement of such aims three major departments of State Government, The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, Urban Planning Council and Department of Transport started working in collaboration on common vision to completely execute such governmental efforts integrated with urban development. Recently in the mid of this month December 2012 Abu Dhabi Municipality has inaugurated two mega construction projects with aim to amplify infrastructure facilities in the region. These projects include inauguration of Khalifa Port (world most advanced deep water port) and the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) and Sheikh Zayed Street and Tunnel (longest tunnel in the Middle East).
On 12 December 2012, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Vice president and Prime Minister of the UAE has inaugurated the Khalifa Port at Taweelah. The project consists of a port and an industrial zone Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad). Upon its completion the port will be the landmark and largest infrastructure project in the capital emirate. It will also be the first semi-automated port in the whole region of Middle East and North Africa. The whole development will spread over total area of 9.1 square kilometers, which include 2.7 square kilometers offshore area on an artificial island. Abu Dhabi Ports Company is the main project developer whereas Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) will operate its terminals. The project will built up with initial capacity of more than 2.5 million containers and 12 million tons of general cargo every year. The port has taken over all of Mina Zayed’s container traffic. This flagship project will strongly support capital emirate to fulfill its economic goals till 2030.
Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad)
Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) is actually the part of Khalifa Port is also termed as The Industrial Zone of Tomorrow. Being the part of largest infrastructure project of the capital emirate, it is expected to generate the more than 100,000 jobs by 2030. The zone will support capital emirate to achieve its economic goals to improve GDP earned from non-oil products from 42% to 64% in year 2030. Upon its completion the zone will be capable to produce 15% of GDP earned from non-oil products. The project will consist of two phases’ phase A and B. Abu Dhabi Port Company is planning to lease 22 sq km land of the phase A to manufacturing and industrial companies, whereas 51 sq km area of phase is currently under construction. The second phase or phase B will spread over the area of 365 sq km. According to project developer ADPC , the industrial zone have potential to obtain business from six strategic international markets including US, UK, Germany, India, China and South Korea. According to ADPC officials the zone will be best for auto manufacturers, pharmaceuticals, logistics, aluminium engineered metal product plants and logistics companies.
Sheikh Zayed Street and Tunnel
Sheikh Zayed Street and tunnel was previously known as Salam Street, recently it has renamed to Sheikh Zayed Street and tunnel to tribute late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE in 41st UAE national day ceremony. The iconic mega infrastructure project was started in 2007 with aim to provide vital artery for the traffic movement in Abu Dhabi. The project has planned so well to provide vital link and smooth traffic flow with in the capital city of UAE. HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, inaugurated this development. After its opening the project is recognized as the longest tunnel in the Middle East, which spread over 3.6 km including 2.4 kilometers covered area. The tunnel connects Zayed Bridge with fourth gateway to the main island of the emirate and allows vehicles to travel to Mina Port and Corniche area. The project is located in the heart of the city and capable to allow heavy traffic of around 8,000 vehicles in each direction. The tunnel is mainly divided in to two decks to allow vehicles travelling into and away from the city. The tunnel started with four lanes at the Zayed Bridge end and narrow down to three lanes near the Mina Port area and two lanes at Corniche exit. Project developers have worked in detail to equip tunnel with modern lighting, security and traffic control system to facilitate travelers. There are no traffic signal lights in the tunnel. Vehicle speed limit is 100km/hour for half of the tunnel that reduces to 80km/hour towards its end near to city center. The tunnel is fitted with one of the most advanced traffic controlling system, SCADA system that is used for monitoring, controlling and data collection. It is the mega infrastructure project in Abu Dhabi that costs $1.36 billion.
Abu Dhabi Government is now focusing to work on such mega infrastructure projects to reduce its dependence on oil products and improve other business and trade sectors to grow its economy.