SITUATION BEFORE THE INITIATIVE BEGAN
AlAin total population is growing very fast. The current population is 525,824 residents and it is projected that the population to grow by 21% over the next two years.The main problem is the unavailability of adequate housing for the young families that is around 100,000 residents currently available.
ESTABLISHMENT OF PRIORITIES [Approximately 100 WORDS]
List the priorities of the initiative. How was prioritization done and what groups were involved? Please specify leadership and gender specific roles where appropriate.
Priorities of the initiative were driven from Abudhabi government strategy of enhancing social stability through providing equitable houses in Abudhabi. They were prioritized by internal (GM office, Property department and Planning Sector)and external (Urban Planning Council) groups according to their important in achieving the Abudhabi government strategy.
Prioritiesof the initiative are:
1. Enhancing social stability
2. Sustain Urban Development
3. Develop adequate infrastructure and public housing to meet the demand of increased population
4. Support Al Ain city’s dynamic growth
5. Improve services provided to residents and community
FORMULATION OF OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES
The initiatives were established under the directives of H.H. General SheikhMohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and in coordination with Abudhabi Urban Planning Council to serve the government strategy of providing housing for the national population according to international best practices and standards and to meet the demand of increasing population of AlAin city.The housing initiative include high quality infrastructure services,mosques, electricity, roads sewage, water and amenities like, schools,healthcare facilities, commercial centres. It consists of two projects the AinAl Fayda project and Shaibat Al Wata project.
MOBILISATION OF RESOURCES
The public housing initiative were established in coordination with AbuDhabi Urban Planning Council with budget provided by the government of Abudhabi that worth Dh4.73 billion (US$1.28bn). The executions of the projects were handled to Aldar properties and AlQudra holding. Both private properties companies had provided a blueprint plan to the Municipality to decide on the design incoordination with AbuDhabi Urban planning Council. Engineers from AlAin Municipality (approximately 10), AbuDhabi Urban Planning Council(approximately8), Aldar properties and AlQudra holding (more than 100) were working together to come up with a design that fit AlAin Garden City's conservative nature.
Engineers from AlAin Municipality, AbuDhabi Urban Planning Council, Aldar properties andAlQodra holding were working together to come up with a design that preserve the traditional identity of the city and at the same time following international best practices and standards. The blue print design for the houses was a little bit difficult. However; this obstacle has been overcome because of all parties' effort. Communications were done through regular meetings between all parties and in case of urgent issue a meeting was called through AlAin Municipality since it is the official manager of the projects.
The following impacts and objectives were realized
1. Improvement in AlAin citizens living condition including families (women, children, men) by providing housing for around 100,000 citizens.
2. Meeting the demand of increased population
3. Enhancing the quality of living for AlAin's communities through building adequate infrastructure and housing that following the best practices and standards
4. Supporting Al Ain city’s dynamic growth
5. Better cooperation and coordination between public and private sector in serving public welfare.
6. Modernizing AlAin city infrastructure and buildings keeping in mind its conservative nature.
The financial support for the success of the initiatives was provided by Abudhabi government. While the initiation, planning, designing and execution of the initiatives were achieved through the collaborative effort of all parties includes AlAin Municipality,AbuDhabi Urban Planning Council, Aldar properties and AlQudra holding. As aresult, the initiative of the housing was build according the conservative culture of AlAin city and according to the environmental best practices and standards. The housing initiative include high quality infrastructure services, mosques, electricity, roads sewage, water and amenities like,schools, healthcare facilities, commercial centers to enable the citizens to have access to communities and social facilities near their houses. Moreover, the building sustainability specification and policies are designed by the UPC and the two private companies were obliged to follow the houses sustainability specification.
· AlAin City population growth must be monitored or predicted in advance and plan for increased population housing and adequate infrastructure must be planned ahead. This lesson can useful us through makinga plan for 20 years ahead.
· The cooperation and partnership between private and governmental organizations must be encouraged. As this initiative were implemented in partnership between government and private sector (AlDar and AlQudra properties).
· The documentation for these initiatives must be kept for future projects to be used in future ones.
· Training, workshops and study tours for added exposure to best international practices.
· Introduction of information and communications technology to better manage information and the design of an Urban Observatory for AlAin.
· Community participation at all steps of both planning and implementation of housing to ensure the cope with the demands and needs of AlAin citizens.
A local previous project that was build in the Emirate of AbuDhabi like Shati AlRaha ( AlRaha beach apartments)project that was implemented by AlDar property and gain so much attentions locally and internationally were used to benefit this initiative. The comfortable, compatible with Emarati social taste design of the houses was used in these projects.
b) Transferred Best Practice:
The transfer were initiated by AlAin Municipality in cooperating with AlDar propertiesprivate company to come up with the design that fit the culture of AlAin cityand according to best practices. Technical assistance to identify AlAin'scommunity needs and requirement were done by AlAin Municipality engineers with the help of AlDar engineers as AlDar did for Shati AlRaha project.
Survey tools were used to gather requirement of AlAin's community on how they want the houses and the rest of requirements they need. The survey and sample design were given to customers when they visit the Municipality.
The result was that customers were more satisfied with the new houses and facilities that is implememnted in this project.
Citizens must be involved in deciding the design of the services that they are going to use. Partnership with private companies may eve love the way the work done in the governmental organizations. Next projects there must be more customer involvement.
RELATEDPOLICY/IES OR LEGISLATION
It has beensupported by AlAin municipality but yet no policy or laws has been changed.