The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution Wednesday to approve a $1 billion project to replace asphalt binders and other building materials used in the nation’s cities and towns.
The project, which is funded by the U.K.-based British firm M.G.M. Construction, will use cement, concrete and steel to build up the country’s roads and other infrastructure.
The U.A.E., a European Union member, is not party to the project, but a member of the European Union and a member country of the U-K., said the European Commission.
The council will take a final decision on the project’s implementation by late April, said the commission.
The decision was welcomed by the British government, which has long lobbied against building on roads, especially on the A16 highway linking London to Birmingham, the capital of England.
It also will benefit U.k. construction workers.
The project has been approved by the Dutch government and will be subject to international standards, said a statement from the Dutch ministry of transport.
has criticized the U,K.’s project, saying it is too expensive.