The Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities has issued legislation to regulate the construction of private housing in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which aims to reduce construction costs for landowners.

The Department worked on drafting these constructive legislation to enhance the competitiveness of the emirate in line with the Abu Dhabi Government's Accelerated Tomorrow 21 program.

The Department stated that the new legislation is in response to the observations and demands of the owners of the land to provide more flexible and effective legislation such as reducing the minimum areas of some elements and dimensions of interior and residential villa facilities, such as bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, boards, warehouses and toilets.

According to the department, new legislation exempts landowners from building the previously mandatory distribution vacuum in new designs, as well as the lack of a minimum height of the fence on the facades overlooking a street, in addition to reducing the height of the side walls from six to four meters. The new legislation also allows for the attachment of various annexes and the possibility of building annexes on the walls of the facades overlooking a street, which reduces the cost of construction.

The Department has collaborated with a group of engineers and experts in the field of urban planning in the municipalities of Abu Dhabi, Al Dhafra and Al Ain, and strategic partners, through a series of workshops.

Mohammed Al Khader Al Ahmed, Executive Director of the Strategic Affairs Sector at the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, said: “The new legislation will reduce the cost of building on landowners and will provide practical, flexible and viable solutions that will enhance the quality of life of the Emirate's residents.”

"Compliance with the new legislation will help stimulate the business environment, investment, community development and lifestyle, as well as increase Abu Dhabi's competitiveness."