Upon completion, the 4,900 hectare Capital City District will serve as a second downtown for Abu Dhabi proper and will be home to 370,000 residents who will dwell in a mixed-use, sustainable environment comprising high-density transit-oriented communities and lower density Emirati neighborhoods.
Strategically situated between Abu Dhabi International Airport and Mohammed bin Zayed City, the Capital City District will seamlessly blend national government institutions, city life and Emirati culture through a fusion of distinct districts connected by grand boulevards, walkable shaded streets, open spaces and a world class public transit system.
A total of seven grand boulevards, symbolising the seven emirates, will connect the city centre with surrounding districts. The boulevards also have a functional aspect as they will effectively move traffic in and out of the city while being lined with national institutions, landmark buildings, public art and monuments.
An interconnected street system is an integral part of the masterplan, as it is designed to encourage walking through shaded and landscaped streets, which will also address the challenges posed by the desert climate of Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, dedicated bike routes will be integrated into the streetscape offering safe and convenient alternative travel options across the city. Capital City District residents and visitors will benefit from two main street types; retail streets dotted with shops, cafes, restaurants and plazas and the quieter and more relaxing neighborhood streets.
The masterplan is a mixture of residential, commercial, retail and community clusters. All buildings and neighborhoods will meet the highest standards for sustainable design (Estidama) and respect Arabic traditions of design and architecture.