October 18, 2018

  • PAAET launches project to plant 100,000 seedlings

    The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) launched on Wednesday a national project to plant 100,000 seedlings in its nurseries in Al-Shuwaikh area. PAAET works to conserve indigenous desert plants that can thrive in the county’s environment and consume less water than most plants, PAAET deputy director general Hajraf Al-Hajraf said in a press statement. Moreover, he noted how proud PAAET employees are of the success of such projects, adding that the people of Kuwait are steadfast in their support of the nation and its academic institutions. The aim of the project is to salvage the environment, PAAET official…

  • MECA, OSC sign pact to construct wooden paths in Qurum Natural Park

    The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) in Muscat represented by the Directorate General for Conservation of Nature and Oman Shipping Company (OSC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to construct two wooden paths in Qurum Natural Park. The agreement was signed last week at the ministry building. Mahmood bin Yahia al Dihli, director general of administrative and financial affairs, MECA, and Tariq bin Mohammed al Junaidi, CEO, OSC signed the agreement. The construction will not just beautify but will also make it convenient for visitors to the Qurm park. Article source – http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/MECA-OSC-sign-pact-to-construct-wooden-paths-in-Qurum-Natural-Park-4s32#ixzz4H7NTpI8E

  • Madhab Sulpheric Spring Park in Fujairah upgraded

    Sitting north of Fujairah overlooking Al Hajar Mountains, Madhab Sulpheric Spring Park has long been a place to unwind, relax and entertain children. Following a major upgrade, the 39,000-square-metre park has a new lush, green landscape, playground equipment and other facilities. Residents welcomed the refurbishment, saying many of the facilities were old and in need of maintenance. “Madhab park is one of the few getaways in Fujairah, especially during cool weather,” said Thuraya Aziz, a 30-year-old Tunisian mother of three: “My kids love to ride their bikes there due to the huge space compared to other parks. It’s one of…

  • Middle East Consultant Awards back for second year

    The second Middle East Consultant Awards event is to be held on 8 November 2016 at the Ritz Carlton, Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai. Registrations for the second instalment of the Middle East Consultant Awards, to be held on 8 November 2016, are now open at www.meconsultantawards.com. The awards, which will be held at the Ritz Carlton, Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai, celebrate the achievements of consultants, architects and designers in the Middle East, along with the iconic projects that they create. Following the success of the first-ever Middle East Consultant Awards in 2015, which saw over 250 guests attend…

  • Pokémon Go fans advised to watch their step in Dubai’s parks

    Pokémon Go fans should use civic senses and obey safety and privacy rules while playing the game in Dubai’s public parks, a senior official has said. Fears about the new gaming craze raising safety and privacy concerns have mounted across the world and Dubai is no exception. While parks and other open areas are touted as the best places to chase the virtual Pokémon characters, players will not be allowed to cross their limits in parks, the Dubai Municipality has clarified. The municipality slaps a fine of Dh500 for damaging or plucking flowers. In the wake of reports of players endangering…

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Pro Landscaper Gulf – February/March 2016

Mar 8, 2016

Welcome to the February/March 2016 issue of Pro Landscaper Gulf. News shed: The latest industry news from across the Gulf region Doha leads the way: Duncan Denley on the cultural impact of Hamad International Airport Climbing the walls: Mark Laurence discusses how to help vertical gardens thrive in arid conditions Interview with Rudayna Abdo: The former director of planning at Otak International discusses the major challenges facing Gulf development The new modern: Charlotte Rowe uses formal planting and swathes of limestone to bring an uninspiring London garden up to date The radiant city: Atelier DYJG took on a government commission to work with artists and help rejuvenate…

World leading UK-designed eco resort to open in UAE in 2020

Mar 3, 2016

1.5ha of solar panels will provide all the energy needs Water extracted from ground and used for the resort Waste water is treated on site and recycled for irrigation Zero-emission zone and on-site waste management The resort will also employ wildlife biologists and conservation staff Dubai-based Eco Resort Group has revealed what it calls the world’s greenest eco resort. The newly launched Oasis Eco Resort will be located in Liwa, in the southern region of UAE and is scheduled to open in 2020. The resort, featuring a spring at its heart, was designed by London-based Baharash Architecture and is one…

WorldSkills 2017 comes to Abu Dhabi

Mar 3, 2016

The world’s largest international vocational skills competition, WorldSkills is coming to Abu Dhabi in October 2017. The event has 1,200 entrants under the age of 24, competing under their national flags across a range of skills and vocations, one of which is landscape gardening. WorldSkills takes place every two years with the last one taking place in São Paulo, Brazil in August 2015. Aidan Jones, chief executive of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 said: “Every two years, countries gather with their teams of young people and compete to be the best carpenter, the best florist, the best car mechanic and they…

Glow in the dark paving system gains traction

Mar 2, 2016

A unique glow in the dark paving system has seen an increase in demand following its success at the Gaia Awards 2015. Evaglow by Making Ground is a sustainable way of illuminating hard landscaped areas with no cabling or external power supply. Instead it uses the latest photo luminescent technology to get all of its energy directly from the sun. Luminous stones are incorporated into Making Ground’s Evabound resin bound paving system, absorbing ultra violet light during the day and emitting visible light at night. Approximately 30 minutes of UV light per day will generate eight to 12 hours of…

UAE gets Hilton hotel with indoor rainforest and beach

Feb 23, 2016

Hilton Worldwide is to open its first hotel in the UAE – complete with a rainforest and artificial beach. The Rosemont Hotel and Residents, designed by UAE based ZAS Architects, will consist of two 47-storey towers plus a five-storey podium. The first tower will house 280 serviced apartments while the second will consist of 450 luxury hotel rooms. The artificial beach and rainforest inspired landscape will be on the 7,000m2 recreation area on the roof of the podium linking the two towers. Other facilities will include a ‘sky pool’ and two ‘sky lobbies’ designed to give the impression of floating…

UAE to fund weather modification research

Feb 22, 2016

The UAE has launched an international prize for weather enhancement technology. The first grant of $5m was awarded to researchers from Germany, Japan and the UAE this month. The desert country is one of the world’s largest per capita consumers of water and yet it receives less than 100mm of rainfall every year, a severe limitation on its burgeoning landscaping industry. Over the next three years, Masataka Murakami of Nagoya University’s Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research will lead a team deploying sensors and algorithms to identify clouds that are promising candidates for the seeding technique. Meanwhile, a German team led…