Mubadala Development, the strategic investment arm of the Abu Dhabi Government, has downsized its Mina Zayed project in a new design that focuses on creating a more “liveable” waterfront community, executives say.

At the capital’s Cityscape international property exhibition yesterday, John Thomas, the executive director of Mubadala Real Estate and Hospitality, said the company was replacing plans for a 17,000-seat arena and other large structures with low-rise buildings, restaurants and residential apartments.

“We believe that part of the project should be more active and ‘walkable’,” Mr Thomas said. “The project is a bit more human-scale now.”

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