Everything You Need to Know About Dubai 2040

  • Publish date: Saturday، 13 March 2021 Last update: Sunday، 14 March 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Dubai 2040

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today launched the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan that maps out a comprehensive future map for sustainable urban development in the city.

“Our goal is to create a truly inclusive environment that not only meets the needs of Dubai’s diverse population, but also inspires them to tap into their creative and innovative capacities and realise their true potential," His Highness said.

The Urban Master Plan has designed a strategic structural layout for Dubai over the next 20 years, integrating all urban development master plans in the emirate.

Five urban centres The Dubai Urban Master Plan is focused on development and investment in five main urban centres (three existing and two new centres)

The existing urban centres include:

  • Deira and Bur Dubai, historic areas that highlight the emirate’s tradition and heritage;
  • The business and financial heart of the city encompassing Downtown and Business Bay;
  • The hospitality and leisure centre encompassing the Dubai Marina and JBR that serves as an international tourism and leisure hub.

The two new centres include:

  • Expo 2020 Centre, an economic and growth hotspot featuring affordable housing and a focal point for the exhibitions, tourism and logistics sectors;
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis Centre, a science and technology and knowledge hub that drives innovation, digital economy development and talent generation.

Population According to recent studies, the number of Dubai residents is expected to increase from 3.3 million in 2020 to 5.8 million by 2040, while the day-time population is set to increase from 4.5 million in 2020 to 7.8 million in 2040.


Growth rooted in sustainability Under the Plan, green and recreational spaces and areas dedicated to public parks will double in size to serve the growing number of number of residents and visitors. Nature reserves and rural natural areas will constitute 60% of the emirate’s total area. Several green corridors will be established to link the service areas, residential areas and workplaces, facilitate the movement of pedestrians, bicycles, and sustainable mobility means across the city, in coordination with developers and government departments. The land area used for hotels and tourist activities will increase by 134%, while that used for commercial activities will increase to 168 square kilometres. Dubai will continue to be a global hub for innovative start-ups, international corporations, and strategic investments. The Master Plan will also increase the land area allocated to education and health facilities by 25%, while the length of public beaches will increase by as much as 400% in 2040 to increase the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Image Source: Twitter HH Sheikh Mohammed

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