AHU hosted its first annual Urban Planning Day on December 15, 2010 at Male Campus to discuss vital issues concerning urban planning practice and education throughout the UAE. The event marks the 5th anniversary of the university and its Bachelor of Urban Planning program.
Organized by ALHOSN’s Department of Urban Planning under the title ‘Planning UAE: A Dialogue on Context and Collaboration,’ the inaugural forum addressed two important themes: ‘Developing a Collaborative Agenda for Planning Practice and Education’ and ‘Contextualizing Planning Education.’ Ms. Michelle Stephens, senior urban planner at UPC, delivered the keynote speech, while prominent speakers from top organizations such as Abu Dhabi Municipality, KEO International Consultants, OTAK, and universities including the American University at Sharjah, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Zayed University and UAE University also shared their opinions and expertise. Local consultant, Mr. Riyad Albuhlaiga, also delivered a talk linking the two themes of the event. Key industry representatives will showcase recent urban planning projects.
“The UAE intends to be a regional and global leader in building future cities that fuel economic growth while also preserving the environment and providing an excellent quality of life for its residents. Abu Dhabi in particular has expressed its full commitment to responsible urban planning as reflected in its Vision 2030 plan. Our Planning Day is aimed at supporting the critical role of urban planning in local, national and regional development and providing access to resources and expertise on this field to our students and educators,” said Dr Adnan Husnéin, Chair of Urban Planning Department, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, ALHOSN University.
ALHOSN’s Bachelor of Urban Planning degree is the first and only program of its kind in the Emirates.