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Estidama program & The Pearl Rating System - Urban Planning Council

United Arab Emirates Current 2010

Estidama is the sustainability initiative of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.It incorporates the Pearl Rating Systems that deals specifically with the built environment and its performance in relation to economic, environmental, cultural and social aspects

Issuer name

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council

Government ministry


Government ministry notes

Local govt

More information

The PRS provides guidance and requirements to rate a project's potential performance in relation to the four pillars: Economic, Environmental, cultural and social. The Pearl Rating System is organised into seven categories where there are both mandatory and optional credits. To achieve a 1 Pearl rating, all the mandatory credit requirements must be met. To achieve a higher Pearl rating (2-5 Pearls), all the mandatory credit requirements must be met along with a minimum number of Credit points. All new projects must achieve a minimum 1 Pearl rating to receive approval from the planning and permitting authorities. Government funded buildings (as defined in Information Bulletin #1) must achieve a minimum 2 Pearl rating.

Organizations covered by the instrument

All Companies

Target organization notes

Building / construction project

Industry scope


Industry scope notes

Urban design/planning, construction & building project, Architecture.

Disclosure venue


ESG coverage - E (Environment)

Energy, Water, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services, Materials & Resource Efficiency (circularity)

ESG coverage- S (Social)

Product & Services Responsibility

ESG coverage- G (Governance)

Ethics & Integrity, Stakeholder Engagement




United Arab Emirates


Africa & Middle East

Date of publication


Issuer type

Governments (governmental department, agency)

Reporting requirements

Other e.g. action plan, strategy, programme, voluntary initiative

Mandatory or voluntary


The geographical scope


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