Green living landscaping projects transforming quality of life for UAE residents
Green living landscaping projects in the UAE are transforming communities, improving quality of life and delivering sustainable development, industry experts announced ahead of the ground-breaking Landscape 2020 conference next month.
Running alongside the Outdoor Design & Build Show, Landscape 2020 is a series of briefing days bringing together local and international leaders in outdoor design and urban development, providing the only platform in the region to showcase the most innovative urban projects from concept through to completion.
Projects showcased include Al Barari’s unique, eco-friendly residential community in Dubai, which incorporates a series of residences integrated with themed gardens and lush botanic surrounds. The combination of the natural shade canopy produced by planting, the abundance of waterways, and designs intended to control windflow have created a microclimate within the Al Barari development that can be 3-5 degrees Celsius below that of surrounding areas.
“In Dubai’s climate, it is important to have plenty of green space which reduces heat buildup and breaks up reflected heat from hard surfaces such as villas and pavements to produce a cooling effect within the community,” said Kamelia Bin Zaal, Creative Director at Al Barari. “Through the shade they offer, trees can buffer homes from extreme heat and reduce energy consumption and air-conditioning costs.”
Green developments can also help to improve air quality, with a single tree being capable of wiping out 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year, the equivalent of 11,000 miles of car emissions.
“Historically Bedouins have always understood the importance of the oasis as they were fundamental to our survival so it is only natural that culturally we have a high regard and understanding for the abundance a garden can provide,” Bin Zaal said. “Greenery and landscaping has always been a focus for the nation.”
Diamond Developers will provide an overview of its Sustainable City project – the first community of its kind in the region.
“The concept of a sustainable city is born out of the desire to design and build a community that, in its day-to-day functioning, embodies the true meaning of sustainable development: integrating the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability.” said Phil Dunn, Landscape Project Director, Diamond Developers.
“Sustainability is a key pillar of the Dubai Government, and we are also seeing a strong interest in the concept of a sustainable city from across the Middle East.”
Landscape 2020 will run alongside the Outdoor Design and Build Show 2015, the annual B2B tradeshow focusing purely on design and build for all public and private spaces, which is taking place in Dubai on 13th – 15th April 2015.
“The Landscape 2020 briefing days will give insight into the projects being undertaken by municipalities, developers and architects, providing the industry with exclusive 360-degree project updates, and highlighting how they can align with existing projects,” said Nicholas Webb, Managing Partner of show organisers Streamline Marketing Group.
Hosted and fully backed by Dubai Municipality, the Outdoor Design and Build Show is the only dedicated international platform in the Middle East that caters to the entire spectrum of hard and soft landscape products and services. Major confirmed exhibitors include Consent, Binhendi Enterprises, Bee’ah, Nahar WPCC, and Gulf Landscape amongst others.