Environmental sustainability will be woven into the fabric of Dubai's real estate projects, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has announced.
Speaking to Gulf News, property in the UAE will comply with new regulations set out in the Estidama Integrative Design Process, which is a rigorous new criteria which will shape the way architects design the Dubai of the future.
"By having Estidama prerequisites incorporated into the approval mechanism, hopefully from next month we are taking the first steps towards sustainability," said Salem Al Qasimi, associate planner at Estidama, speaking at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
He added that while developers will need to embrace environmental sustainability, the UPC will not impose compliance upon them, instead adopting a measured adoption process that will promote voluntary implementation.
The UPC was created in 2007 and is the body responsible for the Abu Dhabi Urban Structure Framework published in September of that year.