Government bodies representing the pillars of infrastructure and civil services in Dubai have discussed plans to build 12 integrated councils in Dubai neighbourhoods to serve as community meeting points, and for citizens to organise social events.
The meeting of the government bodies was held by the director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), who is also the commissioner-general for Infrastructure, Urban Planning, and Wellbeing at the Dubai Council, HE Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer.
The commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police and the commissioner-general for the Citizens Services pillar at the Dubai Council, HE Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri; the director-general of the Community Development Authority in Dubai, Abdul Karim Julfar; and other officials from the Dubai Municipality were also present at the meeting held at the RTA head office.
The government bodies at the meeting looked into the standards of selecting locations for councils, which are required to be close to main roads, mosques, public amenities, and densely populated areas.
They discussed the key components to construct such councils, and their amenities, such as a multi-purpose hall, youth majlis, library, administrative offices, and service facilities.
The meeting agreed that the Infrastructure, Urban Planning, and Wellbeing pillar should cater to the selection of locations for building these councils, follow-up designs, and oversee construction works.
The Citizens Services pillar should chart out the activities and requisites of councils, and the running of activities towards serving the community. The meeting also reviewed the timetable for constructing these councils.
The implementation of the project to build 12 integrated councils in Dubai neighbourhoods is in line with the directives of the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Commenting on the initiative, Al Tayer said: “Achieving these objectives warrants undertaking excellent projects and initiatives capable of thrusting Dubai into a fast growth city over the next 50 years, and setting out an example for the region and the globe in addressing people’s wellbeing and happiness.”
He added: “We will endeavour to accomplish the residential councils as quickly as possible such that they will contribute to mapping out programmes and activities for cementing the links and communication between various community segments. The underlying objective is to make these councils an important tool for enriching the life of Dubai’s citizens.”