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Developers for Reem Mall, the UAE capital's up and coming leisure, shopping, entertainment and dining destination, announced that the $1 billion project has been granted detailed planning approval by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, UPC, marking the final go-ahead required to take the project to the next stage only six months after the mall's concept plans were approved, a rapid turnaround for a project of this scale.
More than 100 senior Abu Dhabi government and business leaders gathered on Tuesday for a special event to mark this significant milestone, pledge their ongoing support for Reem Mall, and mark the continued momentum that the project has built over the past 18 months.
Shane Eldstrom, Chief Operating Officer for Reem Mall, said, "Reem Mall is an extraordinary project that will bring world-class shopping, leisure and entertainment to the heart of Abu Dhabi.
“We have made incredible progress over the past 18 months, and the detailed planning approval marks the final go-ahead required from the UPC .
"None of this progress would have been possible without the tremendous support we have received from the Government of Abu Dhabi, and many other partner organisations in the UAE capital and beyond.
"The UPC has been working closely with us throughout the planning process, to ensure that the project responds to the needs of local communities, that it is safe, and that it meets the highest standards of energy and environmental design.
“We are proud to have worked so closely and harmoniously with the UPC since the very early days of the project."
Mohamed Al Khadar, Executive Director of Urban Development and Estidama Sector, UPC, said, "For the ongoing development of Abu Dhabi, and for a project of this magnitude, it was essential that the UPC and the Reem Mall developers collaborate closely to ensure that every recommended enhancement put forward during the UPC 's planning review process was successfully adopted, while still meeting the target deadline for detailed approval and breaking ground.
"Reem Mall forms an integral part of the Al Reem Island Integrated Concept Master Plan, meets the UPC 's range of planning regulations and guidelines as part of the Complete Sustainable Communities suite of documents, and has achieved an Estidama 2 Pearl Rating, ensuring that the facility is of the highest quality in every aspect of design, sustainability and functionality.
"With a projected population of 210,000 residents, Al Reem Island is a core component of Plan Capital 2030 - the framework plan for Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area. The provision of community facilities, including retail and leisure amenities, to meet the needs of Al Reem Island's residents and those in neighbouring areas is paramount to the island's successful evolution, in line with the goals of Vision 2030."
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