Shams Abu Dhabi Master Plan

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Completed: Master Planning

The Shams Abu Dhabi master plan provides a sustainable development, offering places for people to live, work, and enjoy recreation and leisure activities without relying on personal automobile transportation.

Client

Sorouh Real Estate PJSC

Project Size

135 hectares
(333 acres)

Professional Services

Master Planning
Urban Design/Planning

Shams Abu Dhabi is a landmark project within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The project master plan utilizes all of the important planning techniques and methods to provide for a high quality, high-density, urban development, and provide its residents with an outstanding lifestyle environment throughout the project. The goals set by the developer for the project were to provide a sustainable development, offering places for people to live, work, and enjoy recreation and leisure activities without necessarily relying on personal automobile transportation within the project.

The plan is bold, totally functional, unique, and certainly unlike any other major urban development master plan. The plan recognizes the special quality of the site, the views, the constraints of island development, provides for the solution of transportation issues, and provides a viable plan for the environmental restoration of the existing, distressed mangrove area. Shams Abu Dhabi is an inviting community that enhances Abu Dhabi and addresses the challenges and needs of the 21st Century. It is a place to live, work and be entertained within a sustainable environment that inspires, nurtures and excites.

Meet the team

Shams Abu Dhabi Master Plan

Pat
McKelvey

Principal
Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi

Pat McKelvey is Senior Principal, Los Angeles Office Studio Lead and MENA Region Director. In addition to producing award-winning design work in 20 countries, over the course of his 30 years with RNL, Pat has been instrumental in setting up successful offices for RNL in Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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Shams Abu Dhabi Master Plan

Jess
Alexander

Principal/Abu Dhabi Office Lead

Jess Alexander is an accomplished landscape architect specializing in urban design and master planning, particularly in the Middle East North Africa region. He has earned a reputation for leading and managing complex master planning and design efforts.

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