2016 Theme: Housing at the Centre

World Habitat Day is observed on the first Monday of October of each year since 1986. The purpose of the day is to reflect on the condition of the world wide human dwelling basic systems and their adequate provision and timely maintenance. 2016 Theme: Housing at the Centre comes at a time where apparently more than a billion people worldwide live in very sub-standard living conditions. The MENA region has as bespoke a portfolio of housing stock as it has diverse geo political systems. Some are very advanced in their specification whilst others are either as backward as one can imagine and / or are presently in traumatic war conditions. In any case, there was nothing special about yesterday’s celebrations, or at least worth reporting in this article; that is before being reminded of this vital anniversary by EcoMENA .
We propose to republish the UN’s Habitat article here for its wide spread and reach, starting with a word of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
“On this World Habitat Day, I urge national and local governments, city planners and communities everywhere to keep “Housing at the Centre”. Guaranteeing dignity and opportunity for all depends on people having access to affordable and adequate housing. I look forward to a successful Habitat III Conference that will help us advance our sustainable development agenda for the benefit of all humankind.”

Bahrain’s Housing in May 2016

Bahrain’s Housing in May 2016 has currently a backlog of more than 50,000 applications, and long-term demand is expected to outpace supply, particularly as the sector works to overcome infrastructure and land allocation constraints at the same time. Bahrain’s housing development has expanded in recent years.  The government has signed its first-ever real estate public-private partnership […]

UK Housing design trends for 2016

adf architectdatafile published on 17 December 2015 this article for the purpose and use of the citizens of the UK.  We found that with respect to all housing types, great or small, it could be of some interest for all citizens of the MENA.  As defined by Wikipedia, the Royal Institute of British Architects is […]

77,000 new social housing units in Bahrain

77,000 new social housing units in Bahrain are planned for the near future.   The Kingdom of Bahrain has embarked on a new ambitious homes plan which will see the construction of that number up to 77,000 new social housing units for its residents across the country, said a report. The project is part of the social […]

Affordable Housing in Dubai

Dubai to ‘benefit from affordable housing quotas’ Published by Gulf Construction   http://gulfconstructiononline.com/ on 8 March 2015 The proposal by Dubai Municipality to introduce mandatory affordable housing quotas for all new residential developments is long overdue and is expected to bring a wide range of benefits to the UAE emirate, while driving further maturity in the […]

Qatar Housing plans to 2022

From Saudi Gazette   http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/ 22 February 2015 Qatar to spend $12.5b on housing until 2022 DOHA — An astronomical $12.5 billion (QR45.52 billion) is to be spent to create adequate housing stocks in Qatar to cater to the growing population ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup. The sum, to be spent over the next seven […]