Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid unveils 2040 Dubai urban plan

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, set forward a plan to overhaul the emirate’s urban landscape, dramatically increasing recreational areas and nature reserves, by 2040.

“Areas for economic and recreational activities will double by one and a half times, and the length of our beaches will increase by 400 per cent during the next 20 years,” Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter, sharing renderings of the proposed plans.

“The goal of the new Dubai urban plan is to plan life in [the city] over the next 20 years.”

He said the plan would provide “the best and finest” quality of living for the population.

“And to prepare for the upcoming major demographic and economic developments in Dubai. We ask God to help everyone to serve the country and the people,” he said.

Dubai 2040 is the seventh urban plan to be brought into the emirate since 1960, 12 years before the unification of the UAE. Between then and today, the city’s population multiplied 80 times, from 40,000 to 3.3 million.