December 14, 2018

Parks with fitness equipment prove a magnet for residents

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Doha’s  parks with fitness facilities and playgrounds have become popular destinations for families even during the summer. For Indian expatriate Arun, the Souq Waqif park provides a relaxing environment for his family especially during weekends. “It is in the heart of the city, very accessible and just across the Doha Corniche where we can engage in walking,” said the Doha resident who regularly takes his young son, Saaranj to the playground. Arun lauded the park’s initiative to put up fitness equipment for the public. Nepalese national Bagindra observed that many people benefit from the free use of the facilities. The…

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Beirut’s ‘Central Park’: No Lebanese allowed… yet…

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With 30 hectares (74 acres) of pine forest, it could be Beirut’s answer to New York’s Central Park, but for 20 years the capital’s largest green space has been de facto off-limits to Lebanese. It’s a galling situation for residents of the city’s concrete jungle, where activists have spent years campaigning for Horsh Beirut to be reopened to the public. They have faced reluctance from the local municipality, which says the park that accounts for two-thirds of Beirut’s green space is not properly equipped to receive crowds of visitors. Home to around half of Lebanon’s population of roughly four million,…

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Instarmac achieve international exhibition success

  This year is being heralded as a year of international success for Instarmac, following their recent attendance at the PPRSummit in Paris, Pollutec in Algeria, Outdoor Design & Build Show in Dubai, Stone+tec in Germany, Traffex in the UK and Intertraffic Istanbul in Turkey. In April, Instarmac’s International team attended the Outdoor Design and Build Show in Dubai. In its 3rd consecutive year, which is supported by the Dubai Municipality, the event is the only dedicated international platform in the Middle East that caters to the entire spectrum of hard and soft landscape products and services. Instarmac were delighted…

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2nd Annual Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar Conference

Building on the highly successful launch of Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar in October 2014, Advanced Conferences & Meetings is proud to present the 2nd Future Landscape and Public Realm Qatar which will take place 26 – 27 October, 2015. Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar 2015 will provide an opportunity for landscape and design professionals, urban planners, urban designers and high-level decision makers from across the value chain to gather together and discuss new innovations and technologies, key challenges, the latest projects and future opportunities.  Participants will have the chance to hear about advancements in creating visually appealing…

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Green Flag Awards flying for the first time in Abu Dhabi

Gree Flag Awards has announced its award to three parks in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.The sites are Khalifa Park, Delma Park and Al Rhaba Park, all managed by Abu Dhabi Municipality, United Arab Emirates. These are the first parks in the region to be awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.The first flag was raised in Khalifa Park by his excellency the General Manager. This major landmark is one of the city’s larger parks. The design derived from Islamic and Arabic architecture and  the park boasts a beautifully landscaped grand avenue, fountains, lakes and waterfalls. Green Flag Award manager, Paul Todd,…

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Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar 2015 held in October

Building on the hugely successful launch of Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar in October 2014, Advanced Conferences & Meetings is proud to present the 2nd Future Landscape and Public Realm Qatar which will take place 26 – 27 October, 2015. Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar 2015 will provide an opportunity for landscape and design professionals, urban planners, urban designers and high-level decision makers from across the value chain to gather together and discuss new innovations and technologies, key challenges, the latest projects and future opportunities. One key area of focus will be the development of youth and sporting…

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Emirati designer wins prize for The Beauty Of Islam garden at London show

  Emirati designer Kamelia Bin Zaal’s debut garden at the the UK’s Chelsea Flower Show, The Beauty of Islam, has been awarded a prestigious Silver Gilt Medal. The garden, created in honour of HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE, has been designed to evoke the ancient Arab spice routes as well as taking its visitors on a journey through Islamic and Arabic culture. This is accomplished through a blend of poetry, scents, calligraphy and a mélange of plants. “I am absolutely thrilled to have won a Silver Gilt medal, and so delighted to…

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Dubai’s green vision successfully showcased at Middle East Smart Landscape Summit

  Dubai’s Green Vision incorporating the latest advancements in sustainable and innovative landscaping technology were showcased successfully at the 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit that concluded in Dubai last week. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and produced by global conference organizers Expotrade, the summit was attended by over 400 participants, and featured over 20 thought-provoking speeches, panel discussions and case studies, interspersed with networking sessions. The summit took place on 28-29 April at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa. The summit was inaugurated by Eng. Salah Amiri, Asst. Director General for Environmental & Public…

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March issue Instarmac Product Profile: Ultrascape Pro-Prime

  Ultrascape Pro-Prime Ultrascape Pro-Prime slurry primer is used to provide an exceptional bond between your paving element and Ultrascape Pro-Bed HS. Traditionally paving elements would be laid directly onto bedding mortar, but due to ever-increasing traffic loading, street cleaning and general wear and tear, the paving would break away from the mortar bed, resulting in many high profile, costly failures. The addition of a priming layer between the paving element of Pro-Bed HS yields an extremely high bond strength which prevents this type of failure, increases  the life expectancy of your paving and its ongoing maintenance costs. www.instarmacinternational.com  

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The UAE witness rising popularity of moon gardens

There’s something magical about moon gardens. A serene spot designed specifically to be appreciated once the sun has set, this is where you unwind after a long day and take the opportunity to revel in the quiet of the night. It’s little wonder that moon gardens are a growing trend in the West. Busy schedules, long working hours and arduous commutes mean that few people get the chance to enjoy their gardens during daylight. In response, gardeners around the world have started creating gardens that – as the name so romantically suggests – can be best enjoyed by moonlight. It’s…

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