The UAE government will spend AED5bn ($1.4bn) to build new homes for 10,000 Emiratis, according to the official Emirates News Agency (Wam).
UAE Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum announced the plans during a tour of the northern emirates, in which he inspected a number of road and Emirati housing projects.
The new schemes will include three residential compounds valued at AED1.2bn, which will be built in the emirates of Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain, providing housing for 1,200 citizens.
Sheikh Mohammed also approved the names of 1,971 housing beneficiaries for grants valued at $272m and called for the immediate distribution of 800 villas in Sharjah and Fujairah.
Housing for Emiratis tops the priorities of all rulers of the emirates, said Sheikh Mohammed. I always meet with Sheikh Khalifa [bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the UAEs president] and every single time, he inquires about the living conditions of Emiratis. Our talks always focus on ways to provide citizens with a good life. We will never rest until every Emirati is settled in his home, and Sheikh Khalifa is our leader as we follow this approach.