Abu Dhabi 3030
Thats right. I said it. Abu Dhabi's 2030 plan is in fact going to take another century to fully realise. It will be over by 3030, by the time cars are obsolete and people are flying around in remote pods.
Why is it that the Abu Dhabi Works Department and the Civil planning comissions enjoy embarassing Abu Dhabi in front of the rest of the world ? Where is our transportation system ? Where is the Abu Dhabi metro, with a good metro critical to an aspiring developing city.
Where is the Union Rail line that was supposed to connect the UAE and deliver freight and passengers around ? How come other developed countries have efficient high speed rail and we do not ?
In these testing financial times, government spending into infrastructure, education and more efficient government are of the highest importance. We are now on the downcurve. We need to make sure that the government properly spends its money allocated during the boom years to catch the next boom as it takes off. So we are not left out in the cold as we were during the dot com boom of the 1990s, when gulf GPD growth rates were in the 2-3% range.
With the Sheikh zayed mosque taking 12 years and still running to completion, and the Shiekh zayed bridge not even 50% complete and already in construction since 2004, it remains to be seen how the Abu Dhabi municipality plans to take this important project and bury it with beauracracy and useless potential studies.