Posted by Neil King
Work to make the streets surrounding Abu Dhabi property more pedestrian-friendly is underway, it has been announced.
With strong demand for UAE property over the past few years having transformed the city of Abu Dhabi, with hundreds of new buildings having sprung up, a pilot scheme geared towards making life better for residents has now been officially launched.
According to the National newspaper, this latest infrastructure project will see one-way traffic systems as well as raised zebra crossings and clear pedestrian markings introduced in one small part of the city.
It is then expected that any lessons learned from the project will be used as the basis for all future Abu Dhabi property developments.
Launching the project, Bill Lashbrook, a transport planning manager at UPC, told the newspaper that the transformation of the emirate's streets is likely to be gradual.
"The streets of Abu Dhabi were built to a high level of construction, so they don't need to be ripped up and replaced very often, but as they do, and as public transport comes in, we'll be changing the streets," he said.
At the same time, Abu Dhabi's Urban Planning Council is calling on residents to suggest ways of making the city 'more liveable'.