A CLEAN ACT

Abu Dhabi 2016 | CONSTRUCTION & REAL ESTATE | INTERVIEW

TBY talks to HE Musabbah Mubarak Al Murar, Acting General Manager of Abu Dhabi City Municipality, on sustainability strategies and ambitions for the future of the city.

HE Musabbah Mubarak Al Murar
BIOGRAPHY
HE Musabbah Mubarak Al Marar is the General Manager of Abu Dhabi City Municipality, a position that he took on in September 2014. Previously, he was the Executive Director at Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council in Al Marfa’a, after which he worked as the General Manager of the Western Region Municipality. He has also served on the Executive Management Committee in the Western Region Municipality, and as a member of the Supreme Committee of the Environment, Health and Safety System in Abu Dhabi. He was also a member of the Housing Loan Authority for UAE Nationals from 2011 until 2014.

What is your strategy for a sustainable and environmentally friendly future for Abu Dhabi?

The vision of Abu Dhabi City Municipality is aligned with the vision of the Municipal System based on developing a world-class efficient municipal system capable of achieving the cherished sustainable development and enhancing the standards and quality of living in Abu Dhabi Emirate. Environmental sustainability is one of the core objectives of supporting the strategy, vision, mission, and values of the Municipality. Achieving this objective rests on two priorities: contributing to sustainable urban development to satisfy the needs of growth in the Emirate, and enhancing Abu Dhabi's product through nurturing an attractive, clean, and healthy environment. The core municipal business of infrastructural works includes supervising the planning and the construction of internal roads, bridges, tunnels, parks, recreational facilities, and other projects within the remit of the Municipality. It also covers supervising operations, maintenance of internal roads network, and maintaining safety levels. The Municipality also attends to managing networks of rainwater, irrigation water, and street lighting. The municipal strategy revolves around the vision of the government in making Abu Dhabi one of the top metropolitan cities in the world in terms of high-quality services, highly efficient works, improved safety levels, and reduced operational and maintenance costs. The strategy also covers mapping out procedures for adapting to climatic changes through economizing the use of resources, reducing carbon footprint and curbing the environmental effects of infrastructural works.

The development of Mohammed Bin Zayed City is a pivotal project. What are the services that will be provided?

The Mohammed Bin Zayed City covers an area 49.3sqkm. The current population of the city is about 100,000 persons, with the estimated capacity to accommodate about 228,000 people after the project is complete. Comprising a total number of 9,144 land plots, the Abu Dhabi City Municipality is striving to develop Mohammed Bin Zayed City by building a road network, infrastructure, and parks all over the city. These three sets of infrastructure are needed in order to raise the standard of living. So far three parks and five playgrounds have been built, and we have a further seven parks and 20 playgrounds under tendering process.

Abu Dhabi City Municipality is a member in Arab Cities Organization and Islamic Cities Organization. What is the relationship that connects you with other cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and how does this connection contribute to the development of Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi City Municipality is committed to the objectives of the GCC General Secretariat to foster and consolidate relations, especially with regard to coordination, sharing experiences, and knowledge, as well as best practices. The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has benefited greatly from the benchmarking visits to various GCC cities by sharing expertise in municipal work. The Municipality has received a number of delegations from the GCC, including a delegation from Al Baha Municipality, Saudi Arabia in May 2015, the Bahraini Ambassador in January 2015, and a delegation from Al Qassim Municipality, Saudi Arabia, in 2014. The Municipality has conducted a number of joint workshops, such as the Municipalities & Smart Cities Conference, held in May 2010, which discussed the global competitive strategies for municipalities, development of GCC cities, and the recent international drive toward building smart, digital, and high-tech cities. The conference reviewed the latest trends and practices used for managing and recycling waste, strategies for planning and developing cities and industrial areas in the GCC, local and regional economic impacts, green cities, and global environmental challenges. These platforms, experience sharing, and integration have contributed to developing work systems at Abu Dhabi City Municipality, which is reflected in the quality of services on offer, thus enhancing the quality of life in Abu Dhabi.