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Confidential Public Realm Project (Saadiyat Island), Abu Dhabi, UAE

A composition of natural spaces for a streetscape connecting 345 hectares

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The project is 345 hectares and supports a medium-high density mixed-use urban development and population of over 80,000 people. Stantec provided architecture, building engineering, and landscape architecture services for this project.

The district streetscape has a clear hierarchy of connective and shaded boulevards, avenues, and streets that link the central urban core, residential neighborhoods, civic spaces, mosques, schools and a university campus. One premier boulevard and a series of north-south ‘signature avenues’ link these urban places to surrounding districts. As the densest district on the island, it has an extensive public transportation system including the regional metro, a light rail transit system and bus and taxi services. All public transportation networks and stations were designed in tandem with other elements of the public realm by the Stantec team.

The district parks are well-distributed among the varied land uses with two major parks along the waterfront and six smaller parks ranging between 0.5 and 3.0 hectares in size. A seven kilometer long waterfront promenade connects to two other districts and serves as the major gathering space of the district.

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