Project delivers high-quality housing to university students while supporting Moroccan government objective of advancing higher education sector
Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates: The Moroccan government celebrated the inauguration of a major university housing project at Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences in Mohammedia City, Morocco, that was developed with the support of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).
The project creates an integrated university district designed to the highest international standards to provide high-quality accommodation for students coming from areas surrounding the city of Mohammedia to better enable them to complete their education at Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences, which is affiliated with the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation in Morocco.
ADFD provided AED26 million (US $7 million) in financing for the project that will provide housing for students and help advance the Moroccan government’s strategic investment in the nation’s higher education sector.
The project will accommodate 866 students through the construction of three five-story residential buildings with a capacity of 413 double rooms, 5 triple rooms, 24 rooms for people of determination, 7 supply stores for student essentials, administrative and technical buildings as well as other supporting facilities.
The inauguration was attended by Thani Salem Al-Rumaithi, Chargé affairs for the UAE Embassy in Morocco, Chakib Najari, President of Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences, and a number of senior officials from the two countries.
His Excellency Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, said: “This project represents a significant investment in the future growth and development of Moroccan youth by providing the best conditions for them to excel in their academic careers. It builds on our more than 45-year rich history of strategic partnership in sustainable development and investment between ADFD and Morocco that has crossed over multiple sectors and contributed greatly to the nation’s economic and social growth agenda. The project is also aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, specifically goal number four focusing on education as one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development.”
For his part, Chakib Najari, President of Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences, said: “We extend our sincere appreciation to the United Arab Emirates and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development for contributing to the financing of the university housing project for the city of Mohammedia. From its earliest days, the Fund has worked with the Moroccan government to support pioneering development projects and investments in strategic sectors that helped achieve important national sustainable development goals.”
Najari added: “This financing provided by the UAE and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development enabled the development of high-quality university residences that will encourage students from distant regions to come to the city of Mohammedia to complete their university studies. This project will provide students from universities near the city center of Mohammedia with easy access to housing and make a positive contribution to their overall university experience.”
ADFD’s partnership with the Moroccan government began in 1974. Through this relationship, the Fund has financed 81 development projects with a total value of approximately AED 9 billion in key sectors that include the development of the shipping and transportation sector, social development, educational services, health care and housing.
The strategic projects that ADFD has financed in partnership with the Moroccan government include the Tangier-Mediterranean port project, the Mediterranean Road Orbit, Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Rabat, the development of a high-speed rail project, the construction of a railway station in Casablanca, in addition to the construction of thousands of housing units in various Moroccan cities.
ADFD also invests in several companies in Morocco, including Maroc Telecom, Ciments du Maroc and Rabab Company. These companies operate in highly strategic sectors and represent tremendous growth potential that will lead to sustainable job creation and overall national economic growth.
About Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD):
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) is a leading national entity for economic development aid owned by the Abu Dhabi government. Established in 1971, it aims to help emerging countries by providing concessionary loans to finance sustainable development projects as well as administering long-term investments and direct contributions. In addition to managing development grants offered by the Abu Dhabi government, ADFD has adopted a policy of supporting the national economy. Since its inception, ADFD has marked developmental milestones in 103 developing countries. Spanning the last 50 years, the Fund’s development projects and investments, valued at more than AED150 billion, have helped the international community achieve sustainable economic growth as well as drive the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).