September 18, 2020

Care of urban trees in arid regions

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Landscaper and arborist Mark Laurence discusses some of the problems faced by the arboriculture industry in modern Middle Eastern cities. Trees are essential in all cities and especially so in arid climates. Cities like Dubai have grown fast and the landscape industry has emerged to create the human spaces in between buildings. It is true to say that not all maintenance skills have developed as quickly and tree care is a case in point. This is not surprising; even in the UK with its established arboriculture industry, I see trees that are badly pruned. In modern Middle Eastern cities where…

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Abu Dhabi issues tender to build and manage 38 hectare park

  The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has announced the release of a public tender for developing, investing and managing Sharia Park in Abu Dhabi, with the deadline for submitting bids set at Tuesday, 29 September, 2015. Sharia Park will be located beside Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Highway (E11) between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, at the intersection with Al Ajban Street (E16) near Al Rahba city, Abu Dhabi. According to state news agency WAM, Sharia Park will be constructed in collaboration with the private sector, wherein developers will undertake the funding and developing of the project, as against availing the rights of benefiting…

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Abu Dhabi parks to be upgraded

Abu Dhabi Municipality is carrying out improvements to public parks along Khaleej Al Arabi Street. The upgrades are part of a larger plan to build 130 parks across the capital over the next two years. So far, development works on a number of parks have been completed, Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National reported. Article Source

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‘Date Souq’ in new Palms Park at Dubai’s Al Aweer

  A range of parks are currently under construction and expected to boost the outdoor leisure scene of Dubai over the next two years. One of the fewer known is the Palms Park, a palm-shaped park dedicated to the symbol of local tree in the UAE. Located in Al Aweer, Palms Park is a 10.8 hectare area containing over 1,400 palm trees. The crops of 300 different kinds of dates will be on sale in ‘Date Souq’, and the palm waste will be used in making handicrafts related to the local heritage. At a cost of Dh21.3 million, the park…

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Qatar calls for increase in public parks and petrol stations

  On Monday, Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning proposed recommendations for the creation of 55 new parks as well as encouraging more petrols stations to be built in support of the growing population. Mohammed Ali Al Khoury, director of the ministry’s Public Parks Department, was quoted in the Peninsula newspaper as saying that a study was underway to establish new parks to meet public demand, and that two new parks, in Umm Salal and al Wakrah, will open in the coming months. Fifteen were opened last year, he added, and said the ministry was working with Qatar’s Supreme…

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Dubai Municipality to construct $6m crocodile park

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Dubai Municipality will construct a $5.9m (AED22m) crocodile park in the Emirate, with the project’s construction contract already handed out to a firm, it has been revealed. The 2ha (20,000sqm) park is due for completion in 14 months, and will be situated 10km away from Dubai International Airport. Preparation works to begin construction will commence on-site in September 2015. The name of the contracted firm has not been revealed. The crocodile park will resemble those found in France with a habitat that is as natural as possible, local daily Gulf News reported. Obaid Ebrahim Al Marzouqi, head of administrative services…

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Parsons wins Dubai Expo 2020 site contract

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Construction consultancy Parsons is to carry out the design and supervise construction of all of the infrastructure works for Dubai’s Expo 2020 site. The US-based firm said that work will involve designing, monitoring and delivering all infrastructure works for a 438-hectare site, which will include several pavilions, souks and entertainment venues. “We are excited that Parsons was selected by Expo 2020 Dubai to help deliver this first ever global showcase staged in the region. Our collective efforts will embody Dubai’s overall mission to spur innovation, opportunity, and connectivity,” said Gary Adams, Parsons Middle East Africa president. The company’s group president, Todd…

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Dubai-based architect wins award to design city in the sea

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Dubai-based Simon Nummy has won top prize in an international architectural design contest for his vision of a floating city. The organisation behind the prize, the Seasteading Institute, is a non-profit think-tank which is working to provide an opportunity for experimenting with new societies, with a focus on floating cities which “will allow the next generation of pioneers to peacefully test new ideas for how to live together”. Nummy, who is employed by Atkins, worked on the project in his own time. He said his design aims to create a fully sustainable and self-sufficient community which is resilient against all…

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Four companies submit bids for Oman Cultural Complex project

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Four companies have emerged as front runners to get construction contract for the Oman Cultural Complex project, which the Ministry of Heritage and Culture is planning as part of its strategy to promote cultural and artistic innovations in the country. Out of the 25 companies that had collected tender documents, only Carillion Alawi, Sinohydro Corporation, Galfar Engineering & Contracting, Dawood Contracting Company, Itinera SpA, and Oman Shapoorji Construction Co submitted technical bids. Of the six firms, four are in the fray now after submitting financial bids, with Dawood Contracting Company emerging as the lowest bidder with RO82.67mn, while Carillion Alawi…

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Umm Slal Municipality plants 3,000 seedlings

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The parks section at the Services Affairs Department of Umm Slal Municipality planted 3,000 seedlings of the Portulaca seasonal flower as well as 200 Dodonaea landscaping plants along Zekreet Road last month. A total of 80,003sqm of grass was trimmed at Nasser Al-Attiyah Park and Al Kharaitiyat Park, Kentucky roundabout, Ahmed Bin Ali Street, Civil Defence and Arwa Mart, according to a statement. Other services included 17 tree trimming operations for the benefit of citizens, conducted through the ministry’s website, besides four applications through the parks section. The section also conducted preventive spraying for 2,500 Sidr trees and hauled 4,900,000…

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