With the grim news that the GCC is very polluted (Construction Week) due to oil drilling and construction, it’s perhaps no surprise that the UAE is looking to drastically reduce its waste and improve sustainability.
Despite there being $185 billion in GCC road projects, mass transit investment does seem to be catching on, spurred by Dubai’s metro and plans to expand it for their 2020 Master Plan. (Construction Week) By 2020, Dubai’s population is expected to grow from 2 million to 3 million. (DSC [PDF])
Why so much focus on transit? Perhaps because Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council apparently has a large staff from transit-friendly cities of Seattle and Vancouver. (Vancouver Sun) Cairo could learn from this, as the city’s streets are at quadruple capacity. (World Architecture News)
Elsewhere in the region…
Abu Dhabi is getting a new cruise ship terminal. (ADW)
Oman quietly is improving its infrastructure — ports, roads, rail and hospitals…with more resorts likely coming. (Construction Week)