Ghadan 21 initiatives such as Ma'an are “transforming" Abu Dhabi

Published: 17 February 2020 - 12:27 p.m.

The chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office and member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, HH Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said that the emirate’s accelerator programme Ghadan 21 has transformed Abu Dhabi’s economy, knowledge ecosystem, and its community.

According to the state-run Abu Dhabi Media Office, the launch of the Ma'an Authority of Social Contribution led to Ghadan 21’s most prominent social initiatives.

Ma’an, which is a platform for volunteer-based social innovations such as social incubator programmes, focused on solutions for People of Determination in its first cycle and will focus on mental well-being in its second cycle.

The Ghadan 21 plan also includes a $2.18bn (AED8bn) plan to redevelop 16 community parks; and includes 300 projects to beautify public spaces.

The initiative also witnessed the disbursement of 6,000 housing loans worth $3.16bn (AED11.6bn), as well as the opening of 12 new charter schools, providing 15,000 seats.

The Ghadan 21 plan also includes a $2.18bn (AED8bn) plan to redevelop 16 community parks; and includes 300 projects to beautify public spaces.

In addition, more than 200km of cycle path are expected to be added in the emirate, as part of the $13.6bn (AED50bn) Ghadan 21 programme, which marks a year since its launch.

Commenting on the strategic importance of the Ghadan 21 programme, Sheikh Khalid said: “Through Ghadan 21 we are investing in initiatives that make doing business easier and more attractive, encourage ideas, and support innovation for a tech-enabled future, as well as ensure the well-being of Abu Dhabi’s people. We will continue to launch initiatives in line with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s vision and to accelerate Abu Dhabi’s journey to become one of the best and most inclusive places in the world to do business, invest, work, study and live."

Ghadan 21’s efforts include initiatives rolled out to improve Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure, healthcare, education, culture, environment, and overall quality of life.

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