I attended the Cityscape last month and minus the coincidental glance to Sheikh Mohammed like last year, the exhibit was indeed interesting. For an expat like me, I mumbled at some point that I should treasure these shots in reference to the exciting future of this emirate. That means that I should strive to have a healthy life in order to live longer and witness the results of the urban planning in two decades coming into full swing. Oh well, everyone aims that. Anyway, we visited first the booth of the agency which is responsible for the development of master plans for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (also referred as Abu Dhabi Plan 2030). They have updated the lifesize 3D model:
The furthest leaning mandmade tower to date. Otherwise known as the Capital Gate.
With my old favorites:
I hope to get inside this spiral building (head office) of Aldar, the developer of Ferrari World
As we went out of the booth, the last thing that struck me was the image of this young UAE national shown on the video. How lucky he is that the government is genuinely taking care of him. The concept of starting it right by urban planning is more than commendable. As for someone like me who hails from a beautiful yet developing country, which I regard highly despite of its limitations, I had other things running in my mind like the what ifs and how my very own survived and how we can better manage the risk of not having an urban planning, that if one had the resources — how much will be spent on the plan’s model and the execution of the plan itself.
We checked the other booths and here are other eyecatching images amongst the many which were all outstanding, especially if you saw them face to face.
Model houses for UAE Nationals. Note the combination of traditional Arabic and modern architecture. Amongst the moving projects which are really noticeable are the housing programs for the locals. I appreciate the government’s approach of taking care of the homes first.
And hey… there was a campaign related to Cambodia in Cityscape. No other booths for the Philippines and the rest of those in Southeast Asia.
The government of Abu Dhabi has so many projects and with the things which are controllable and beyond their control, I would really be happy if a) Plan 2030 will materialize as intended, b) I’m still alive that time to see the developments via the internet or some more advance medium and c) if I’m still groovy and can re-visit Abu Dhabi before 2030 with my grandchildren so I can witness my photos coming into life.