Oman’s Housing Ministry launches ‘Vibrant Public Spaces’ initiative

Muscat: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning launched a number of urban initiatives in various governorates of the Sultanate of Oman to achieve sustainable urban development for prosperous communities, improve the quality of life and build cities that are attractive to live and meet the needs of the population in accordance with planning standards and policies.

Dr. Hanan bint Amer Al Jabriya, Director General of Urban Planning at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning, said that among the initiatives launched by the Ministry is the “vibrant public places” initiative, which is the main goal that the Ministry is working on in cooperation with several government agencies represented by the Muscat Municipality, the Environment Authority, and a number of… Other parties, related to humanizing cities to be vibrant cities, to improve the quality of public spaces by reducing the severity of the concrete blocks in them, and aiming to increase the per capita share of public spaces in Muscat Governorate from 2 to 4 square meters. The experiment was extended to four other governorates.

She added that the Ministry allowed citizens to plant trees in the front and rear areas of residential units and added a phrase in the cadastral drawing of the plot concerned with the suitability of landscaping. Mandatory landscaping rates were approved in usufruct lands and included in the land planning regulation; To include all usufruct lands in all regions, not just those affiliated with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning.

Al-Jabriya explained to the Oman News Agency that last October, the Ministry held the Tree Your Home event in all governorates in cooperation with the relevant authorities, to spread awareness in society of the importance of afforestation and increasing the green area.

It is worth noting that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning seeks, through its mission, to move housing services and urban planning to advanced stages of the concept of place making in community partnership, locally and internationally.

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