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Dubai prioritises well-being: Sheikh Hamdan unveils Dubai’s Quality of Life Strategy 2033

The Quality of Life Strategy 2033 will span three phases from 2024 to 2033, focusing on ten key pillars crucial to well-being

Dubai prioritises well-being: Sheikh Hamdan unveils Dubai’s Quality of Life Strategy 2033

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s Crown Prince, has revealed Dubai’s Quality of Life Strategy 2033. The goal is to transform Dubai into the world’s top city for living by focusing on creating a pedestrian, environment, and family-friendly environment.

As part of the strategy, it plans to build over 200 parks, expand beach cycling tracks by 300%, increase the length of night swimming beaches by 60%, and build new beaches exclusively for women.

Sheikh Hamdan also reviewed a new vision for designing model neighbourhoods in three districts in Dubai: Al Mizhar 1, Al Khawaneej 2, and Al Barsha 2. The vision aims to enhance infrastructure, upgrade social amenities and services, promote healthier living environments through soft mobility options, and improve connections between community hubs like parks, mosques, and shops.

Phase 1 of the strategy for Al Khawaneej 2 and Al Barsha 2 includes the construction of over 115 km of pedestrian and cycling tracks, planting more than 3,000 trees and plants, and creating over 20 investment opportunities. Over 30 parks with these new designs are slated for development within the next three years.

The redevelopment plans involve upgrading collector streets, constructing shaded canopies, lanes for bikes and e-scooters, pedestrian walkways, restrooms, and family recreational spaces. The vision also includes landscaping, building architectural gateways for each residential community, enhancing alleyways and street intersections for safety, and providing pedestrian lanes to give each neighbourhood a unique character.

Furthermore, the project not only provides investment opportunities and improves public services for locals, but also aims to create a ‘20-minute city’ where residents can easily access 80% of essential services within a 20-minute journey using sustainable transportation options.

The Dubai Quality of Life Strategy, spanning three phases from 2024 to 2033, focuses on ten key pillars crucial to well-being, addressing various aspects such as culture and entertainment, mobility, education, health, and safety and security. Furthermore, the strategy prioritises the development of next-generation parks across Dubai, featuring innovative design elements tailored to the diverse needs of the community.

Sheikh Hamdan directed all government departments to expedite the implementation of projects linked to the Dubai Quality of Life Strategy 2033, underscoring the urgent need to enhance the overall well-being of Dubai’s residents.

With a commitment to inclusivity, the strategy targets seven key demographic categories, ensuring that all community segments benefit from its initiatives.

Private sector collaboration is integral to the strategy’s success, with the involvement of businesses expected to accelerate the achievement of ambitious goals outlined in Dubai’s economic agenda.

Key highlights of Quality of Life Strategy 2033

  • Development of well-being districts, introduction of the ’20-minute city’ concept, creation of a new generation of parks, and enhancement of mobility options.
  • It will also focus on a 162 per cent increase in services like health, schools, parks, and mosques. The strategy also entails meeting the housing needs of nationals in outlying areas, the development of the Saih Al Salam Path with events and investment opportunities, and several enhancements in Hatta such as hiking, hospital and educational facility upgrades, and housing projects for nationals.
  • Model neighbourhoods in Al Mizhar 1, Al Khawaneej 2, and Al Barsha 2 to undergo infrastructure upgrades, promoting healthy living environments and improving connectivity.
  • Construction of over 115 km of pedestrian and cycling tracks, creation of family-friendly recreational spaces, and planting of trees and plants.
  • Development of more than 30 parks with innovative design elements tailored to the diverse needs of the community.
  • Strategy spans three phases from 2024 to 2033, focusing on ten key pillars crucial to well-being.
  • The strategy also aims to preserve Dubai’s rich biological diversity. The emirate is home to 1,524 species of living organisms, including 342 species of birds, 46 species of mammals, 51 species of reptiles, 315 species of plants, 188 species of fish, and 582 species of invertebrates.
  • It also aims to reduce the use of private vehicles, encourage public transportation, reduce carbon footprint, enhance access to attractions, and improve road safety, ultimately positioning Dubai among the world’s top 10 cities for ease of mobility.
  • By 2033, the strategy aims to convert 25 per cent of all trips in the city to self-driving travel and achieve 45 per cent of transportation through sustainable means, while also transforming Dubai into a pedestrian-friendly city.
  • It aims to double the length of cycling lanes from 544 km to 1,150 km, increase bus routes by 117 per cent from 4,008 to 8,722 km, and expand the railway network from 100 to 159 km.