Abu Dhabi’s QCC releases updated infrastructure guidelines

AD ISGLAbu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) has released an updated edition of the Infrastructure Standards Guidelines (ISGL) for Abu Dhabi, following its approval by the Infrastructure and Environment Committee of Abu Dhabi Executive Council

The updated ISGL will serve as a comprehensive guide to all entities concerned with infrastructure development in the UAE capital.

The manual contains simplified and streamlined procedures designed to optimise the speed and ease for entities, as they access information relevant to the implementation of infrastructure projects.

The update drew on the engagement of more than 10 working committees, comprising 125 government and private sector entities in Abu Dhabi that represented all infrastructural sectors. Over the past three years, these committees reviewed more than 200 technical documents, analysed and bridged gaps, and submitted their expert recommendations to enhance standards in line with global best practices.

Helal Humaid Al Kaabi, acting secretary-general, QCC, said, “The development of ISGL reiterates our commitment to collaborating with different stakeholders from within the Abu Dhabi government and private sector to facilitate streamlined procedures and services in the infrastructure sector.

“'In harmonising all related standards and specifications in infrastructure development projects across Abu Dhabi, QCC is delivering on its mandate to promote quality infrastructure in Abu Dhabi as envisaged by Abu Dhabi Plan and Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. We are confident that the updated ISGL will pave the way for the development of high quality infrastructure projects in Abu Dhabi that support its transformation into a highly-advanced economy.”

Abdullah Hassan Al Muaini, executive director of Conformity Scheme Services at QCC, stated, “The committees benchmarked their recommendations in line with the world’s most developed countries that possess a proven link between unified infrastructural standards and positive economic, technical and environmental outcomes.”

Elaborating on the significance of the guidelines, he added, “ISGL is a strategic document designed to achieve one of the key mandates of the Abu Dhabi Plan, which is to build integrated urban areas tailored to the needs of the community and improve the quality of life. The objective of the current ISGL update is twofold. First, it brings in a greater degree of systemisation to a unified code that is applicable to all entities involved in Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure sector. Second, its guidelines ensure adherence to the highest standards in all infrastructure projects across the emirate.”

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