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Jubail Island - Sustainable ‘village’ project launched in Abu Dhabi
10th June 2019

A unique project that will see the creation of a series of new integrated settlements around some of Abu Dhabi’s most beautiful coastline has been launched by the developer.

Jubail island, which sits between Saadiyat Island and Yas Island to the north west of downtown Abu Dhabi, is set to be transformed by Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) in a £1 billion programme that will eventually see the development of 800 homes in six distinct ‘villages’.

Masterplanned by Broadway Malyan and earmarked as Abu Dhabi’s ‘nature and nurture’ centre, Jubail is Abu Dhabi’s next development icon to sit alongside the culture of Saadiyat, entertainment of Yas and innovation of Masdar.

Uniquely, the development has been designed to fully integrate with the existing natural habitat of the island including the coastal mangroves, delivering an ecologically positive development that will promote diversity and protect indigenous species around the island.

James Rayner, who leads Broadway Malyan’s global masterplanning team, said: “From the very beginning of this project we have been led by environmental constraints to create a plan that both celebrates and works in harmony with the local environment.

“Jubail Island is adjacent to an area earmarked as a natural preserve with abundant bird life so it was important that the plan was completely sustainable, preserving and enhancing the island’s existing assets while creating places with wellbeing and liveability at their heart.”

View of Jubail Island with Abu Dhabi downtown in the distance

The development will be broken down into six village clusters that were inspired from in-depth built form studies of local, regional and global villages although each has been independently designed with their own character and identity, layouts and densities.

Overall it is planned that 800 homes will be built along with a marina, two schools, a beach club, sport centres, five mosques, two hotels, four community clubs and office space. However, building heights will be restricted and all shops will be within a high street rather than a mall.

“As part of the design process we deconstructed the elements of a village to understand what appeals to us as communal and social beings as well as exploring the subtle and organic pattern development that has shaped small villages and settlements across the world,” said Greg McBride, UAE urbanism team lead for Broadway Malyan.

“Rather than cut and paste the idea of an English village, we broke it down into components and the result is something that is entirely bespoke with a feeling of something that has grown organically – a contemporary vision built on the village structure that we all recognize.

“The importance of wellbeing also underpinned our design approach and the plan recognizes the importance of physical and social activity, creating places and spaces to meet, explore and relax, whether that is a beautiful square within the village or a boardwalk through the mangroves, within a coastal landscape that evolves with the tides and times of the day.”

“Rather than cut and paste the idea of an English village, we broke it down into components and the result is something that is entirely bespoke.”
Greg McBride, urbanism lead Abu Dhabi, Broadway Malyan

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