October 26, 2021

Aspire Park Eid activities attract families


Some families shied away from shows at crowded malls and headed to verdant parks to spend the second day of Eid holidays yesterday. Aspire Park was one of the places visitors thronged in huge numbers to enjoy outdoor activities organised by Aspire Logistics in line with Qatar Tourism Authority’s (QTA) Eid Al Adha Festival. For the first time, Aspire has put up an exciting water sports show, featuring fly boarding, wake boarding and jet skiing exhibition. “This is the first time for us to organise a water sports show in the lake. We want the people to gather to celebrate…

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Dhahban Marine Park opens


Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed inaugurated the first marine park at Dhahban on the shores of the Red Sea, 40 km north of the city near the Bay of Salman recently. The first marine park, which was started a year ago by the Jeddah municipality as “Dhahban,” is a popular picnic spot frequented by Saudi citizens, especially fish lovers who visit the area to have a taste of fresh fish. The new marine park at the waterfront has landscaping and greenery. It is equipped with a wide range of multi-recreational facilities including a football pitch and children’s entertainment areas,…

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Nine public parks in Doha to have more facilities and attractions


Nine public parks currently under construction in Qatar will have more facilities and attractions to better serve visitors, apart from being environment friendly. “More fitness facilities and equipment, soft rubber tracks for walking, more bathrooms and toilets, and modified playgrounds for children,” are among the attractions, an official told Gulf Times yesterday. Facilities will be set up for the blind and for people with disabilities and special needs, explained Dalia Sallam, an agriculture engineer at the Public Parks Department of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP). Speaking on the sidelines of a presentation to Doha Gardens Club members,…

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Dubai Water Cancal: Safa Park to get crystal lagoon, man-made beach

Safa Park

Safa Park is set to become one of Dubai’s prime residential communities, with its own crystal lagoon and man-made beach. The master plan of Dubai Water Canal, a waterway that connects Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf, will include a four-tower complex – Crystal Lagoon Towers (for now), offering hundreds of freehold apartments while the striking Gate Towers, a mixed-use tower, will serve as the gateway to the canal. The model of Dubai Water Canal at display at Cityscape Global. “We are building two out of the four Crystal Lagoon Towers (remaining two towers will be developed by Meraas Holding),…

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Mushrif Central Park reopens after summer of upgrades


Residents are returning to Mushrif Central Park, which reopened its doors this week after a six-week summer shutdown. The visitor destination, located at the corner of 15th and 24th streets in the capital, was closed throughout August and the beginning of this month while upgrades were made to its infrastructure. On Wednesday afternoon, visitors braved the heat and humidity to explore the park’s latest offerings. Ahmed Mubeen, visiting for the first time with his wife, said he was impressed with the amenities such as prayer rooms and cafe, as well as the “affordable” Dh5 entry fee. “It’s a nice place…

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Emiratis in Al Qusais torn on need for amenities versus preservation

Al Qusais

Rapid urbanisation should be tempered to make sure the character of an area does not lose its identity, said Emirati residents in Al Qusais. Sandwiched between an industrial estate and Dubai International Airport, residents of the community have seen their neighbourhood become the backdrop to the city’s transformation into a global destination. Al Qusais is one of the emirate’s oldest and largest communities, made up of villas interspersed with the occasional grocery store. As polling day for the Federal National Council (FNC) elections draws closer, many Emiratis said they felt torn between the need for better local amenities while keeping…

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Pro Landscaper Gulf – September 2015

  Welcome to the September 2015 issue of Pro Landscaper Gulf. ■News Shed: A round up of industry news ■Tenders: A selection of projects open to tender across the GCC region ■Experts: Landscaper and arborist Mark Laurence talks problems  in arboriculture within Middle Eastern citites, meanwhile Duncan Denley of desert INK landscape architects explains the benefit of local design ■Big Interview: Muhummad Nadeem Anwar, Hortus UAE LLC’s executive landscape engineer discusses his business ■Portfolios: Space Landscape Designs created a resort-style swimming using wet edge to create a floating effect UK design and build company Bowles & Wyer showcase its garden…

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Al Zorah unveils two new communities at Cityscape

Al Zorah

Al Zorah Development Company, a joint partnership between the Government of Ajman and Solidere International, unveiled two new communities with a development value of $408m (AED1.5bn), within its self-sustained 5.4 million sqm development, at Cityscape Global. The Golf Estates gated community is a combination of villas, townhouses and apartments set on the 18-hole Nicklaus Design Golf Course within The Fairways district while the Al Zorah Beach Residences comprises chalet-style villas and apartments in The Shores district, in what will be the country’s first residential property on the beach right next to a golf course. Imad Dana, CEO of Al Zorah…

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Dump Dubai garden waste: Dh75,000 fine

Dubai residents and their private gardening service providers are being notified of hefty fines for improper dumping of their garden waste. Master developer Emaar has initiated a campaign to inform residents of its Emirates Living communities (Springs, Lakes and Meadows) about the penalties that can be levied in case their garden’s waste isn’t disposed of in compliance with the community regulations. In circulars/pamphlets sent to all residents, Emaar Community Management (ECM) reiterated its code of conduct for landscaping companies, which warns that if garden waste is left on pavements, sikkas or in the common areas, violators will be fined Dh5,000…

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Baharash Architecture were recently tasked to design a luxury desert eco-retreat for one of Emirate’s highest profile individuals.

  The eco retreat which is located in Liwa, in southern region of UAE, is designed to be in harmony with the pristine and untouched desert-scape. The retreat is completely energy self-sufficient, using solar panels, it generates and stores clean power in several battery units. Other features include smart glass windows to offer instant privacy at the flick of a switch, an indoor herb garden, and a central fire place for social bonding which was a key part of the Bedouin heritage. Staying inside the eco-retreat, in the heart of a beautiful desert, is a rejuvenating experience. The retreat will…

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