Almost 17,000 new villas in 23 locations are set to be built for Emiratis over the next five years.

Khamis Sultan al Suwaidi, the director general of a body established by the Urban Planning Council to ensure the buildings are developed to an acceptable standard, confirmed the initiative.

The Abu Dhabi Centre for Housing and Service Facilities Development will oversee the building of new homes allocated to Emirati nationals, Suwaidi added.