ABU DHABI, The UAE government seeks to develop the construction and housing sector by adopting the latest techniques and digital technologies to boost the quality, safety and sustainability of projects and guarantee their prompt completion.

During its meeting, as part of the Second UAE Government Annual Meetings held in Abu Dhabi, the Housing Working Group focused on key global trends and the impact of technology and digital innovations on the housing sector. It pinpointed the means of availing the Industrial Revolution data to ensure the sustainability, productivity, high quality, safety and speed of completion of construction projects.

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, asserted that the UAE Government Annual Meetings establish a new phase of future action, building on the designed plans and programs which go in line with the UAE vision. These endeavors are characterised by their complementary plans, concerted efforts, focus on the future, and embracing the spirit of unity which distinguishes the UAE.

He further stressed the importance of developing an integrated system to enhance conformity among the federal entities responsible for the infrastructure and their counterparts in local governments, which would positively impact achieving compatibility in using land and roads. He added that it is vital to establish a spatial database to assist in the decision-making process as regards urban planning in the different regions of the UAE.

The meetings adopted three national initiatives that aim at enhancing the country's position in the construction and housing sector. The Smart Construction Assessment System initiative aims at enhancing productivity and encouraging the use of modern techniques in construction, thus reducing environmental impacts. The Smart Construction National Guide initiative targets harnessing modern techniques and smart industries to identify materials, specifications and construction design parameters to keep pace with the best practices and technologies, promote modern industries and enhance their contribution to the national income.

The meetings also adopted the Unified National Digital Housing Platform Initiative 'Al Zajil', which consists of a digital system that unifies housing and other related data collected from the various local and federal housing programmes and other stakeholders that shall impact the citizen's journey to have a residence.

The initiative aims to analyse the current situation related to housing, develop a strategic vision to meet current and future housing demand, and develop the housing services provided to citizen within two years as of submitting the application.

Key global trends discussed in the meeting include the ways of benefitting from robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in expediting the completion of infrastructure operations, increasing the impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on reducing the need for office space and buildings, and using blockchain in construction and development projects management.

Source: Emirates News Agency