Dubai to create 20-minute city: Here’s the plan

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An artist’s impression of a beachfront in Dubai.

More details of Dubai’s plan to become a 20-minute city were unveiled after Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the Dubai Quality of Life Strategy 2033.

The new strategy was approved by the Dubai Crown Prince on Tuesday (May 14) and will see more than 200 development projects launched from now until 2033.

The 20-minute city concept and the Dubai Quality of Life Strategy are part of the bigger Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan to make Dubai the world’s best city to live in.

The 20-minute city concept

Under the 20-minute city concept, Dubai will have integrated service centres with all the facilities that will allow all residents and tourists to reach their destination within 20 minutes, whether by walking, taking public transport or using sustainable transportation, such as bicycles. The plan involves placing 55 percent of residents within 800 meters of mass transit stations, allowing them to reach 80 percent of their daily needs and destinations.

The plan is to reduce the use of private vehicles and encourage the use of public transportation, while also using artificial intelligence to harness self-driving mobility, making Dubai a unique global model for future cities.

By 2033, the strategy aims to convert 25 percent of all trips in the city to self-driving travel and achieve 45 percent transportation through sustainable means, while also transforming Dubai into a pedestrian-friendly city.

Cycling lanes will be doubled from 544 km to 1,150 km, while public bus routes will increase by 117 percent from 4,008 to 8,722 km. The Dubai Metro network will be expanded from 100km to 159 km. By 2025, Dubai aims to have increased its public services by 300 percent, with full accessibility for senior citizens and people of determination.

New generation parks and beaches will be opened along with 115km of pedestrian and cycling tracks. More sports and entertainment facilities will be constructed to host more than 1,000 annual events.

The first set of neighbourhoods where the concept will be applied will be Al Mizhar 1, Al Khawaneej 2, and Al Barsha 2, where facilities will be upgraded to promote soft mobility options for healthier living environments, and improving connections between community hubs such as parks, mosques, and shops. ICA/Expat Media

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