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Abu Dhabi saw 9.7 buildings constructed every day in 2018

Construction work was carried out on 3,566 buildings in Abu Dhabi last year as the UAE capital seeks to meet the needs of its growing population, data from Abu Dhabi Statistics Centre (Scad) shows.

On average, 297.1 buildings were constructed per month, equalling 9.7 buildings per day, MEA's sister title Construction Week reported.

1,576 buildings were completed in Abu Dhabi's central area with 146 in Al Dhafra. The highest number was reached in the Al Ain region, topping off at 1,844 developments.

Commenting on the figures in its report, Scad said: “This number of completed buildings in just one year reflects the strength of Abu Dhabi's construction sector and is an indicator of market demand and private investments in the emirate.”

The update comes a day after Scad said that Abu Dhabi’s construcion cost index decreased by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to same figures for 2017.

Major construction schemes are currently under way in the UAE capital.

In September 2018, construction work for the $1.5bn (AED5.5bn) Al Maryah Central Mall had been completed, with developer Gulf Related confirming an August 2019 opening date for the property.

More recently, Abu Dhabi's newly formed Jubail Island Investment Company launched the $1.36bn (AED5bn) Jubail Island mixed-use megaproject, which spans 400ha.