October 19, 2018

Mushrif Park to close for a month

Mushrif

Abu Dhabi’s Mushrif Central Park will be closed to the public for the month of August. The park announced through social media that it would be shutting temporarily to provide park goers with an improved experience upon re-opening. It is not immediately known what changes will be made to the park, which reopened to visitors only in March last year after two years of refurbishment at a cost of Dh179 million. The park – one of the oldest and largest urban parks in the capital – first opened in 1982, when it was available only for women and children to…

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Plan to develop Al Bateen beach, Al Sharia Park

Al Bateen

Abu Dhabi Municipality is coming up with two new projects for the capital – the Al Sharia Park and the Al Bateen Beach project. Private developers were invited to bid for the two projects in a public tender issued on July 26. While the Al Bateen Beach Project will be located in the residential neighbourhood of Al Bateen on Abu Dhabi island, Al Sharia Park will come up along the E11 highway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, at an interchange near Al Rabha in Abu Dhabi. Leisure destination The beach project will convert Al Bateen into a vibrant waterfront recreation…

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Renovated Al Khor Park set to reopen

Al Khor

Al Khor Park is scheduled to reopen in August, with the Public Gardens Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning reviewing safety measures at the park. The department wants to ensure that the park, which is undergoing a massive QR250mn renovation, enjoys the highest safety and security standards, local Arabic daily Arrayah has reported. The park was scheduled to reopen during the first quarter of this year but it was postponed over safety concerns. It is spread over 240,000sqm and includes two sections. The first section is designed like a cave and hosts various animals and reptiles. It…

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Green flag raised at three Abu Dhabi parks

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Three parks in the city have received an international award for their adherence to environmental standards. The parks in Delma, Khalifa City and Al Rahba were given the Green Flag Award for the sustainable practices used in their management, reported Al Ittihad, the sister newspaper of The National. Abu Dhabi Municipality said the award was a result of its improvements in health and safety practices and energy efficiency. The authority aims to expand green areas to provide more options for entertainment and recreation for residents. source

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$40m urged for Bahrain parks facelift

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Bahrain’s public parks and other facilities could be in line for a facelift after an additional BD15 million ($39.5 million) budget was requested for maintenance, a report said. The Capital Trustees Board has asked for the cash after 20 additional gardens and parks were put under its control, reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN). It is in addition to BD11 million already sought by the body to fund its activities, vice-chairman Mazen Alumran told the GDN. “We earlier requested a BD11 million budget for the board’s activities in 2015-2016,” he said. “An additional 20 parks and gardens from blocks in…

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‘Smart trees’ installed in Dubai to offer WiFi and phone charging at the beach

Dubai

Smart palm trees have been installed and are ready for use in Dubai this summer enabling beach goers and park visitors to have limitless power and internet access on their mobile phones. Soaking up the sun during the day, these state-of-the-art trees store energy to be discharged in the evening. On each tree, there are eight charging points and WiFi ranges for 100 metres in any direction. Smart Palm is the company behind this ingenious endeavour and have so far set up two – one on Surf Beach and another in a park near the waterfront. The company plans to…

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36 projects to create the city of Happiness

36 projects

Dubai Municipality is currently analysing 36 projects involving landscaping and parks around the emirate. Out of the 36 projects, 25 will focus on landscaping and beautifying the city of Dubai, while 11 projects will focus on creating parks and public squares. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality , said such projects are in line with the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Shaikh Mohammad’s vision aims at transforming Dubai into the city of happiness. Lootah added that the current phase of the projects is worth…

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With trees dying out, Jeddah’s parks are drying up

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Several parks that were built only a few months ago are drying out due to a lack of maintenance and care on the part of the concerned authorities. Citizens have called on the municipality to hold companies in charge of taking care of public parks responsible for their failure to carry out their roles. Many have expressed concern over such negligence toward these parks and fear that public parks will become deserted over time if trees die out and they are not cleaned and maintained. Dead trees Citizens Khalid Al-Harthi asked why the municipality builds parks and signs contracts with…

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Two million mangrove trees planted in Abu Dhabi

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The Environment Authority – Abu Dhabi has planted two million mangrove trees as part of efforts to protect an essential part of the coastal ecosystem. The planting drive is a pre-emptive move by the agency to protect mangroves from the effects from development and expansion projects in the emirate. Mangrove trees provide a safe habitat for many species of birds and fish, supporting biodiversity and helping to replenish fish resources. Dr Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, executive director of the sector of land and marine biodiversity, said the project’s main objective was to increase the mangrove canopy along Abu Dhabi’s coast….

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New parks and plazas for Dubai under way

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Nine public parks and public squares are currently being built in Dubai, Hussain Lootah, Director-General, Dubai Municipality, said. The projects, worth Dh77 million in total, will add more green and leisure spaces in the city. Lootah said the projects are in line with the aims of the municipality to deliver happiness to people by way of services that benefit the community. Meanwhile, development works worth Dh6.2 million in Al Mushrif Park are 90 per cent complete and expected to be finished this month. In December, a Dh4.5 million park will open in Nad Al Sheba 2, followed by a public…

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