April 20, 2021

Al Barari site visit


Pro Landscaper Gulf visited Al Barari in the Nad Al Sheba area of Dubai to see its uniquely diverse landscapes and flora that afford residents utmost privacy in a beautiful and tranquil setting.

Located adjacent to the royal enclave of Nad Al Sheba, Al Barari is the flagship development of the family-run Zaal Group. With Phase I completed and most of the villas handed over, Al Barari has succeeded in its vision to create one of the most desirable and environmentally-conscious developments in the UAE.

Founded in 2005 by Zaal Mohammed Zaal and his family, Al Barari is the first sustainable residential development of its kind in the Middle East, offering high-end residences in a private location. It is a botanic haven with serene landscaping providing its residents space for quiet contemplation just a 15 minute drive from the city centre.

Literally meaning ‘wilderness’, Al Barari was designed to be a true desert oasis. Eighty per cent of the development is made up of green, lush space that envelops 189 Al Barari residences and the 28 bespoke luxury villas of The Reserve. Beautiful themed gardens with over 16.4km of naturally landscaped freshwater streams, cascades waterways and lake shoreline, make Al Barari the lowest density development in the UAE and more akin to a botanical garden than a residential community.

With Phase I complete, Phase II is now starting with three separately designed residential developments: Ashjar, Seventh Heaven and The Nest. The former is an award-winning design of a group of 19 blocks each containing four apartments, with communal areas, swimming pool and lush gardens for residents to enjoy. Seventh Heaven is made up of 157 homes including exclusive duplexes, penthouses, sky villas and garden homes. The design for Seventh Heaven looks like the sails of a yacht and linear landscaping will match the contemporary architecture.

About Al Barari

Al Barari features 34 elegantly themed gardens, with six already completed under Phase I and 28 more to come in Phase II. The completed gardens include the Balinese, Contemporary, Mediterranean, Renaissance, Water and Woodland gardens. There are also 16.4km of naturally filtered lakes, freshwater streams, cascades and waterways.

The landscape is a major part of the charm of this development and there is a team of over 100 trained gardeners tending to the more than 446,000m2 of gardens and open spaces, with all green waste sent to the plant nursery for recycling. The development integrates sustainability and ecology across the site. It is the only one of its kind to have its own plant nursery and recycling and composting plant on site and among other initiatives it uses natural dye in the ponds to stop the spread of algae. Due to the way the planting has been designed, Al Barari is 4°C cooler than other developments in Dubai on average.

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