The budget for the housing project was approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It will be spent over the next two decades, to construct housing for the local Emirati population.
The number of citizens to be benefited by the Emirati housing project will be increased by 4x next year, the report noted. Meanwhile, land plots allocated to Emirati housing projects will also be increased to 1.7 billion square feet, catering to demands for citizens for the next 20 years.
Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, noted that a "comprehensive plan” was under development to ensure “high quality housing over the next 20 years” for Emirati citizens. Dubai’s urban development plans were under constant review, Sheikh Maktoum added, and would develop according to citizen requirements.
EMIRATI HOUSING PROJECT IS A PRIORITY FOR UAE GOVERNMENT
In May this year, the Al Mughirah housing project in Al Mirfa City, Al Dhafra, was inaugurated. The Abu Dhabi-based housing project involved 410 residential villas for UAE citizens, with a total cost of AED 1.264 billion.
Another housing project in Abu Dhabi, the Al Samha housing project, was also inaugurated last year. At a cost of AED 674 million, the project included 250 residential villas – 150 of which are located at Al Samha West, and the remaining 100 in Al Samha East.
In April this year, a UAE government official noted that over 11,000 houses were being built for citizens across the UAE. These included 3,018 government homes in residential communities, 6,459 housing loans and 1,626 grants.
The Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei said that 35,000 houses have been completed and delivered since the launch of the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, of which he is the Chairperson. Total housing approvals under the programme surpassed 74,000, for a value of AED 41.3 billion.
Last year, 2,347 housing-related decisions had been made, including 2,141 loans, 206 grants, and the delivery of 2,538 houses.
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