Municipality plans Port Saeed

Dubai Municipality is redesigning the Port Saeed area of city in an effor to transform it into a modern neighbourhood.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  January 14, 2004

Dubai Municipality is redesigning the Port Saeed area of city in an effor to transform it into a modern neighbourhood. The project aims to develop the urban environment of Port Saeed, with an area of 30 000 hectares, by providing the landlords with plots where outstanding projects can be set up thereby increasing their financial returns. As part of the project, roads in the area will be modified, parking spaces will be provided and other necessary infrastructure services and public utilities will be upgraded. Other key objectives of the project include the creating urban squares, enhancing street lighting in the area and increasing the available shaded areas, improving advertisement hoardings, giving the area a modern urban look, reducing pressure on the adjacent areas vis-a -vis the parking space, and attracting major investments, explained Nasser Hamad Bushehab, head of the municipality’s planning studies section. As part of the project existing buildings in the area will be demolished and each landlord will be compensated as per the current rental value of their plots, commented Abdullah Abdul Rahim, director of the municipality’s planning and survey department. There will not be any high rise towers in the area as part of the redevelopment plan. “What we have [planned] for this area at present is to restructure the existing buildings. We explained this point to the landlords, most of whom welcomed the idea. They need not spend any money for the restructure plan, because there is a funding authority for this project with the returns being offered to the landlords,” said Abdul Rahim. Construction in the area would exceed the present number of buildings and the financial return would be higher than the present. “We will, however, retain the traditional Islamic architectural style of the buildings in the area,” he said. Abdul Rahim added that there are 19 plots of land in the area with varying sizes. The new buildings in the area would be of maximum four storeys.

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