October 19, 2018

Dubai due to uncover the Holy Quran Park in September

The opening of the Holy Quran Park in Dubai is in sight, and final touches are being given to the park. Paving of the roads and parking construction is currently ongoing, the Dubai Municipality has announced. “The General Maintenance Department is currently preparing for the construction of the pavement and parking at the Holy Quran Park in Al Khawaneej,” the concerned department said. The 64-hectare park is expected to be completed and opened for public in September this year. The new attraction is intended to educate the public about the Holy Quran and its miracles, and will showcase all plants…

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Free Wi-Fi smart palms sprouting in Dubai

Dubai is rolling out dozens of new Smart Palm stations that provide free wireless internet access in parks, beaches and other locations. The UAE-made stations, standing six metres tall in the shape of a palm tree, also have fast mobile phone charging stations and screens displaying information on Dubai’s attractions. The first Smart Palm was installed at gate six of Zabeel Park on Wednesday and there are plans to fix over 50 more of them in other parks, beaches and other locations over the course of the year. The initiative has been made possible through cooperation between Dubai Municipality, Smart…

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Dubai homeowners soon to irrigate gardens using wastewater

The emirate took another step towards saving precious water reserves on Tuesday after the Government announced it would offer residents treated wastewater for a small monthly fee. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and chairman of Dubai Municipality, issued a directive on the use of treated wastewater to irrigate non-food crops in residential plots, including villas. For two-and-a-half fils per square metre, homeowners will be able to irrigate their gardens. “It’s a great idea,” said Mansour Ibrahim Mansour, former director of agricultural development at the Ministry of Environment and Water. “We all know the situation…

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Sustainable landscaping to be discussed at Middle East Smart Landscape Summit

  The 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015 will take place next week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on April 28 and 29, 2015. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the two-day event will take place at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE and is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade. The event will be attended by over 400 senior level landscape architects, government authorities, urban planners, developers, environmental specialists and contractors from across the GCC, committed to the development of sustainable landscapes across the Middle East region. The summit will be inaugurated by…

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H.E Hussain Lootah officially opens the Outdoor Design and Build Show 2015

The opening of the Outdoor Design & Build Show was a resounding success this morning with hundreds of visitors queuing up before the official opening time of 11 am at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Halls 5 – 6. After the official opening by His Excellency Eng. Hussain Lootah, Director General Dubai Municipality, visitors filled the exhibition area engaging with exhibitors and discovering over 200 new products and solutions. Visitors also took part in Landscape 2020 which provided them with real time updates on major projects in the region such as The Fujairah 2040 Master Plan and Palm Park. The Emirate…

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Five public parks to open in Abu Dhabi

People living in Al Shamkha and Al Adleh will soon be able to enjoy five public parks that are being built by the municipality. The first, at Al Shamkha, which cost Dh5 million to build, is expected to open this month. Four others at Al Adleh, which cost about Dh29 million in total, are scheduled to be completed this year. Musabah Al Murar, acting general manager of Abu Dhabi City Municipality, said: “The landscape of recreational facilities and parks is always on the rise to keep pace with the development seen in Abu Dhabi.” Mr Al Murar said the parks…

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March issue – TigerTurf Product Profile: Edén

  Edén   Edén, TigerTurf’s new landscaping creation, combines pioneering light-reflective technology with authentic colourways inspired by nature, to create a surface that looks as lush as a well-kept, natural lawn, from any direction.   Where other artificial surfaces require pile to face in the direction of the property or focal point to avoid a glare, the profiled yarn used in Edén gives each blade an omni-directional™ surface. As a result, the turf – which has a pile height of 30mm – can be laid in any direction, leading to time savings for installers, and increased satisfaction for end-users.  …

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Middle East Smart Landscape summit 2015 announces Zeoplant as Silver Sponsor

  The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit proudly announces Zeoplant’s participation as Silver Sponsor at the 2015 edition of the event, to be held on April 28-29, 2015, at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and produced by global conference organizers Expotrade, the two-day summit will focus on the major initiatives undertaken towards urban landscape development, viewed against the context of the Dubai Municipality’s aim of converting Dubai into a green paradise in time for the World Expo 2020. Zeoplant’s position as the world’s leading natural moisture retaining soil additive…

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Work starts on $199m homes project in Riyadh

  Gulf Related, a leading regional real estate development company, has started construction of a SR748-million ($199 million) residential complex in Al-Dir’iyyah in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Province with the laying of the cornerstone. Antara, upon completion in October 2016, will be home to roughly 520 expatriate families, a statement said. Dr Karim El Solh, co-managing partner of Gulf Related, said: “Antara is a unique, premium residential project by virtue of its excellent location, careful planning, experienced development managers and the support of the Al-Dir’iyyah Governorate and municipality. It is expected to establish a new benchmark in quality living for expatriates…

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Green construction ‘to drive GCC projects’

  GCC countries are increasingly looking to sustainable and environmentally responsible developments as the region’s construction sector booms on the back of social infrastructure spending, according to industry experts. Overall, as much as $2.87 trillion worth of projects are in the design, bid or construction stage in the GCC up to 2025, according to Zawya Projects data, with $1.53 trillion worth of real estate projects under construction. According to a report titled “GCC Focus on Sustainability in Construction” by Ventures Middle East, GCC governments have acted swiftly in the past three years to embrace sustainable construction through education and legislation,…

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