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Desert Town - Madinat Zayed, UAE

Key themes



The city of Madinat Zayed is located at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Western region, Al Gharbia, at the crossroads between the Liwa Crescent and Abu Dhabi.
Madinat Zayed is to be revitalized into an industrial and agricultural hub for the Western Region, with a distinct desert lifestyle, a new town centre and an industrial centre.





The master plan proposes a concept for ‘One City; Three Identities’. The three identities embrace the spread-out character of the existing city and emphasize a Garden Town, an Urban Town and an Industrial Town.





The building blocks transform the town improving its DNA. The hierarchy and readability of streets; continuity and functionality for various modes of traffic and a conitinuous public realm linking parks squares and neighbourhoods, together provide a strong base for the redevelopment and rejuvenation program of Madinat Zayed.



A variety of housing types and two town centres have been developed in more detail as part of the master plan design.






Project data

NameDesert Town - Madinat Zayed, UAE
PlaceMadinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi
Area4.000.000 m2 mixed use
StatusDesign, 2011, settled
ClientUPC Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi, UAE
CollaborationsArup, Jones Lang Lasalle, market and retail; KEO, traffic and utilities enginering
Design teamJaakko van 't Spijker, Nikki Mulder, Nika Jaeda, Paul van den Bergh, Jordi Stamps, Lia Gudaitis


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