Dubai’s Sustainable Vision: 2040

The Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan aims to revitalise Dubai’s urban areas, optimise resource use, create dynamic, healthy, and inclusive communities, expand green and recreational spaces, ensure a healthy environment for both residents and visitors, and establish sustainable and adaptable transportation options.

The Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan lays out a detailed strategy for sustainable urban growth in Dubai. It focuses on improving the happiness and quality of life of its people, and positioning Dubai as a top destination for citizens, residents, and visitors over the next 20 years.

This plan features a strategic framework that unifies all urban development initiatives in the emirate, aligning them with Dubai’s economic priorities and future needs.

The Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan marks the seventh development blueprint for Dubai since 1960. Between 1960 and 2020, Dubai’s population has grown from 40,000 to 3.3 million, and the built-up area has expanded 170 times from 3.2 square kilometers.

Key Objectives

  • Upgrade Dubai’s urban areas: Deira and Bur Dubai, Downtown Dubai and Business Bay, Dubai Marina and JBR, and two new centres – Expo 2020 Centre and Dubai Silicon Oasis Centre
  • Improve the efficiency of resource utilisation
  • Develop vibrant, healthy and inclusive communities and double green and leisure areas to provide a healthy environment to residents and visitors
  • Provide sustainable and flexible means of mobility
  • Foster greater economic activity and attract foreign investments to new sectors
  • Enhance environmental sustainability
  • Safeguard the emirate’s cultural and urban heritage and strengthen citizens’ attachment to older neighbourhoods
  • Develop a comprehensive legislation and plan a governance model to support sustainable development and growth


By 2040, Dubai aims to achieve the following:

  • Green and recreational spaces will double in size
  • Nature reserves and rural natural areas will constitute 60 per cent of the emirate’s total area
  • Several green corridors will be established to link the service areas, residential areas and workplaces
  • The movement of pedestrians, bicycles, and sustainable mobility means across the city will be facilitated
  • Land area for hotels and tourist activities will increase by 134 per cent, and for commercial activities, it will increase to 168 square kilometres
  • Land area for education and health facilities will increase by 25 per cent
  • The length of public beaches will increase by 400 per cent.

The Master Plan aims to encourage the use of public transportation, walking, cycling, and flexible transportation methods, and aims to develop a comprehensive planning database to support informed decision-making and increase transparency.

Additionally, the plan seeks to develop sustainable housing complexes that meet the needs of citizens. These integrated communities will be designed to the highest planning standards, featuring green spaces, commercial centres, and recreational facilities to enhance overall well-being.

Original article reference: Government of Dubai.


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