The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has released its updated Public Realm Design Manual (PRDM), part of the emirates strategy to enhance public spaces and community facilities, such as parks and waterfronts.

The PRDM, originally commissioned in 2011, is used by municipalities, agencies, designers and developers, as a planning tool to ensure the creation of sufficient numbers of public spaces. It is also used to assess all new proposals and retrofitting in existing developments.

One of the PRDM’s objectives is to ensure there is a maximum distance of 350m to the nearest Public Open Space (POS), which include parks, sports facilities, accessible waterfronts and playgrounds.


Abdulla Al Sahi, executive director, planning and infrastructure, of the UPC said: “There have been huge developments across the Emirate since the first manual was introduced in 2011 and this was recently demonstrated by Abu Dhabi being rated in the Ipsos Top Cities Index* as the second-best city in the world to live and work in.”

The municipality of Abu Dhabi announced last year that it will build $35m (AED127m) worth of parks and playgrounds in the emirate as population and development continues to grow.

A total of 16 parks are scheduled to be constructed in Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa City by next year, while Aldar Properties announced in June that its Reem Central Park will be open to the public in 2018.