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Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations User Guide Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations User Guide His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Final Draft Page iii His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council Final Draft Page v Summary of Mandate In 2008, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, mandated the formation of the Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Committee. Its purpose is to deliver upon the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, for the continued fulfilment of the grand design envisaged by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Father of the Nation, and the ongoing evolution of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Mosque Development Committee (MDC) is responsible for preparing a strategy to direct the development of mosques in the Emirate. Its objectives include optimising the distribution of mosques and enhancing their role within communities, encouraging design innovation while preserving Emirati architectural heritage and ensuring that mosques are built, operated and maintained to the highest international standards. Accordingly, the MDC has completed the following: • A comprehensive Emirate-wide survey and conditions assessment of all existing mosques to identify which may be replaced to regulate distribution and capacity based on population density; • A web enabled application processing tool that identifies gaps in supply and demand to determine the optimum location of future mosques; • An Emirate-wide cleaning and maintenance programme that ensures all mosques are serviced to the highest international standards for public buildings; • An Emirate-wide programme that enables all mosques, including those that are privately owned, to be managed and operated by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf); • An Emirate-wide programme that enables all temporary mosques to be replaced with new permanent ones where required; and • An Emirate-wide regulatory framework that addresses the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of each mosque to ensure best practice standards are applied during its complete life cycle. As such, the MDC is pleased to issue the Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations, a regulatory framework that will safeguard the development of mosques well into the future. Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations User Guide Table of Contents I. Introduction 1 Attachment A: Review Checklist 10 II. Suite of ADMDR Documents 3 Acknowledgements 20 III. Outline of ADMDR Process 5 IV. Integrated Development Process 7 V. Mosque Development Process 8 Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations User Guide I. Introduction Mosques play a central role in the daily lives of the Through the implementation of the Regulations, all Objectives majority of Abu Dhabi’s residents. They are primarily mosques will be designed, built and maintained to a a place of prayer, but can also be a place of study high sustainable standard. The Regulations promote the The objectives of the Abu Dhabi Mosque Development and a place for community engagement. The Mosque use of Emirati vernacular design to celebrate Emirati Regulations are: Development Committee (MDC) intend, through the culture and heritage, while having a level of flexibility i. Optimise the distribution of mosques and enhance implementation of the Abu Dhabi Mosque Development to allow for innovation and individual identity. Mosques their role in communities. Regulations (ADMDR), to ensure an appropriate number, designed using the ADMDR will set the benchmark size and type of high-quality mosques are strategically for high-quality and sustainable architecture and ii. Encourage innovative design while preserving Emirati located in all communities across Abu Dhabi Emirate. landscaping and, through appropriate co-location, will architectural heritage.