Dubai plans to accommodate 9.5 million residents

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Dubai Municipality has drawn up plans to expand Dubai so it can accommodate four times as many people, it was revealed on Monday.

Dubai Municipality has revealed on Monday its plans to accommodate four times the number of residents to reach 9.5 million. It has been reported that assistant director-general Abdullah Rafia announced that urban planners have completed a blueprint for the city to accommodate 9.5 million people.

According to a report in the National newspaper. Rafia said: “We have already designed the urban design for the whole of Dubai. The urban area of Dubai will consist of one-third of the area of the emirate of Dubai and its maximum capacity will hold over 9.5 million people.”

“Fortunately, here in Dubai, all of the population is urban. Our urban design needs to be sustainable – to have a design that limits sprawl but considers the impact [of population growth],” he added.

Today Dubai’s population stands at just 2.1 million, and like many cities around the world, it is trying to accommodate the huge influx of new residents that relocate to the Emirate every year.

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