A new extension to the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) in Al Ain is among a number of projects approved by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council during the third quarter of 2015.
The extension to CMHS, which is part of UAE University, will feature state-of-the-art facilities for 500 students including auditoriums, laboratories, tutorial rooms and clinical examination rooms, news agency WAM reported.
Located near Tawam Hospital, the CMHS was the first medical school to open in the UAE in 1984 and it admitted its first batch of students two years later.
The Q3 approvals brings the total number of projects given detailed approval to date in 2015 to 69, with a total area exceeding 4.6 million sq m.
"2015 is the UAE’s Year of Innovation and the UPC is proud to be granting approval to a project that incorporates many innovative features. The UPC believes that innovation provides a strong foundation for progress and is continually working on new projects that benefit its stakeholders and the wider community," said Mohamed Al Khadar, executive director, Urban Development and Estidama Sector, UPC.
"The College of Medicine and Health Sciences is an important and historical facility. We are delighted that the expansion will fit in so seamlessly with the existing facility, and that many more students will now be able to further raise the standard of healthcare in our country."
The project is one of 21 major real estate projects and master plans approved by the UPC in Q3. In total, 18 projects in the Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area received approval, along with three in Al Ain and Al Gharbia, adding up to a gross floor area of 1.6 million sq m.
Among other notable projects approved in Q3 were the 120-bed Al Salama Hospital on Old Airport Road, the Neighbourhood One residential community in Masdar City, the New York University precinct on Saadiyat Island and a mixed-use development in Al Gharbia.
Since 2010, the UPC has given detailed approval to a total of 461 projects and master plans, with a combined area of 16 million sq m.