April 20, 2021

Artificial beach atop Dubai high rise soon


The unique feature will be part of the Rosemont Hotel & Residences, an upcoming five-star hotel and hotel apartment to be managed by Hilton’s luxury brand Curio. The development will be located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Al Thanyah First and will comprise two towers, 47 storeys high with a combined five-storey podium and two basements. Preetam Panwar, executive director at Zas Architects, the lead design consultants, told XPRESS: “The artificial beach strip will be open air, mimicking an actual beach. The sand will be filled in pits, held by groins to mitigate erosion.” Dr D.J. Armin, managing partner of…

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GCC in need of drainage despite lack of rain, industry expert says


Johann Groult, General Manager of drainage manufacturer Birco, has said that flooding caused by rainfall in in the Middle East should not be dismissed because it only rains a few times a year. Despite the fact that rainfall in the GCC region is among the lowest in the world, he says the long-term cost of not having drainage installed will become increasingly apparent as the region’s construction continues to experience strong growth. “Due to climate change, rainfall with large amounts of precipitation is becoming more frequent around the world. While rain is less frequent in the Middle East now, we…

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Instarmac to Exhibit at The Big 5, Dubai

The Big 5

The Big 5 will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from the 23rd to the 26th November 2015 and Instarmac are delighted to be exhibiting for the first time. The Big 5 is the global meeting place for the construction industry and with some 80,000 people visiting each year, it is no surprise that this event is number one in the construction calendar. 2,800 exhibitors will attend the 4 day event and will present products in categories such as Outdoor Design & Landscaping, Facilities Management, Safety, Water Management, General Building Materials, Building Interiors and Concrete & Related Products….

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Kuwait’s plan to convert old cemeteries into parks draws debate


The Kuwait City Municipal Council has been working on a number of projects, including plans to convert old cemeteries into parks, relocate the city’s zoo, and build new housing units, the local media has reported. A local newspaper has reported that after being confronted with protests over plans to convert some of 50 cemeteries in Kuwait into public parks, of which only cemeteries in three areas are in use, the municipality decided to put the plans on hold for now. Speaking to Kuwait Times, Muhalhal Al Khaled, director of the Municipal Council, said: “There is a rule that after 50…

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Qatar plans to open 55 new parks


Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning is working on designs for 55 new parks in different areas of the country, said a report. These parks will have new standards and international specifications and will offer all servicess and facilities including free Internet, reported The Peninsula. Two of the new parks will be opened in Umm Salal and Al Wakrah in a few months, it added. source

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RTA awards Dh250m Dubai Parks contract

Dubai Parks

The Roads and Transports Authority has endorsed a Dh250 million contract to build roads and bridges at Dubai Parks and Resorts project in cooperation with Meraas Holding. Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said the bridges and roads will link the new project situated at Shaikh Zayed Road in the direction from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, four kilometres from Seeh Shoaib. The new project, expected to open in October 2016, is being designed as an international leisure destination to attract tourists, from the region in particular but also from around the…

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The sands have shifted

duncan denley

Last month Duncan Denley, managing director of desert INK landscape architects, highlighted the case for designing local. In this issue, he says local consultants can replace the ‘starchitects’ and o­ffer clients a truly international-standard product. There was, of course, a time when clients were forced to look overseas when seeking landscape designs of a truly international standard. Landscape was largely limited to extensive lawns, punctuated by date palms and a scattering of brightly coloured bedding plants to add a touch of colour. Landscape design was essentially a horticultural exercise, with work carried out by agricultural engineers and vast teams of…

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An artificial answer


The rapid development of the United Arab Emirates has put significant pressure on its natural resources, with water management one of the major challenges. Easigrass argues that artificial grass could be part of the answer. The staggering success of the UAE is well documented; in a relatively short period of time millions have flocked to the country to take advantage of its flourishing industries. The unprecedented growth of the UAE has also created its most significant environmental challenge so far – water management. The UAE is one of the driest countries in the world yet, per capita, it uses 83%…

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The benefits of living green walls


Landscaper and arborist Mark Laurence discusses some of the problems faced by the industry in Middle Eastern cities. With a rise in urbanisation, green infrastructure has become essential to counter our ever-increasing disconnect to nature. Living walls are an important part of this as they deliver huge volumes of green using a very small footprint. But what are the benefits? On a human level, research shows that close proximity to plants brings many benefits – emotional, physical and spiritual – fulfilling our innate need for nature. This is known as the biophilia hypothesis. We are less stressed and more relaxed…

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Sensory Adventure


Nigel Abbey Design Consultants and The Garden Builders combined to produce an exciting and beautiful play and learning space at a London school to encourage its pupils to use all their senses in a bright and safe environment. The brief was to create a sensory garden suitable for nursery and reception-aged children (three to six years old). Up to 60 children could use the garden at any one time so it needed to be low maintenance with limited planting. William Morris Primary School sits next to a large council housing estate and affordable housing in Merton Borough, a socially mixed…

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