The master plan includes elements for every physical aspect of a city, from plot locations and street designs to architectural design guidelines and infrastructure systems.
The city is divided into four primary districts:
- Maraba Liwa in the north—a low-density community designed for Emirati families;
- The Tamani District—a low- to medium-density mixed-use district connecting Maraba Liwa to the Town Center;
- Liwa Town Center—the heart of Liwa with medium- to high-density developments of office, retail, cultural, transportation, and residential uses;
- The Liwa University District—located at the southern end of town and the future home of a national university and accessory administrative, commercial, and residential uses.
Liwa is expected to achieve a rating of “3 Pearls” in the Estidama New Communities System. The city is designed to be pedestrian and bicycle friendly and most of the neighborhoods are transit-oriented. Numerous open spaces and pedestrian walkways like scattered throughout the city. Materials and colors were selected with concern for durability, ease of maintenance, climate, light reflectance values, visual appeal, and comfort to the touch. Utility infrastructure systems are organized to maximize sustainability and efficiency through an eco-district approach: facilities will be positioned to serve each district with efficient collection and distribution networks.
Growth of the city is expected to occur over 20 years, in phases.