October 26, 2021

Once-green landscaped residential area in Dubai is barren


The once-green landscape of a residential area in the city is now barren as plants, grass and trees have died after an irrigation system stopped working nearly a year ago. Residents of the Zen Cluster at Discovery Gardens said that despite repeated calls to the developer, Nakheel, the automatic system was not fixed and the situation had deteriorated in recent weeks. Resident Midhun Chayanani, 31, said like himself many of the tenants were fed up with the problem. “I’ve lived in Discovery Gardens since 2013 and the difference in the landscape from then to now is striking,” said the Indian….

Read More

TDIC floats pre-qual for Saadiyat Island works


Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development  & Investment Company (TDIC) has sought experienced contractors to pre-qualify to carry out main contract works for a residential villas development on Saadiyat Island. The project includes the construction of a gated villa community with facilities and gatehouses/boundary walls. The chosen contractor will be required to undertake structural, architectural works, MEP, finishes, testing/commissioning, external works, hard/soft landscaping and integration/completion of pre-existing utility connections and infrastructure. All necessary authority permits and approvals will be the responsibility of the contractor. Located just 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi,Saadiyat Island is a 27km2 island planned and created…

Read More

New parks to open in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah

Three new parks will open in Ras Al Khaimah this year. The parks are in Al Burairat, Al Jazira Al Hamrah and Shawkah, said an official at the Public Works and Services Department (PWSD). They will be opened as soon possible, the official added, noting that creating parks in residential areas is part of a master plan to increase green spaces in the emirate. The official also told Al Ittihad, the Arabic sister paper of The National, that the PWSD is also carrying out comprehensive maintenance work at Al Saqr Park to expand the car park, increase green areas and…

Read More

Saudi Arabia approves 168 municipal projects worth $266m


Saudi Arabia has approved contracts worth $266 million to implement 168 municipal projects across 14 governorates, the state news agency reported. Projects include storm-water drainage systems, environmental health projects, walkways, construction of municipality buildings and public facilities, seafront developments as well as several consultancy contracts, the Saudi Press Agency said. Riyadh province will see projects worth $41.8 million for public parks, walkways, cultural centers and water networks, while Jeddah will have contracts worth $46.3 million awarded. Projects in the Eastern Province – costing a total of $30.1 million – will include studies on disabled-friendly cities, the completion of northern Al-Khobar…

Read More

Al Khor Park has ‘strong potential’ to lure visitors


The scheduled reopening of the renovated Al Khor Park, which features world-class tourism amenities, has a “strong potential” to draw many visitors to the northern part of Qatar, it is learnt. The park, spread over 240,000sqm, is due to reopen in August, pending safety measures being reviewed by the Public Gardens Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP). One section of the park features a spacious restaurant, mosque, museum, mini golf area, wall mural, skating area, children’s play area, basketball court, food kiosks, drinking fountain, and an amphitheatre. A mini train, complete with a railway station, will…

Read More

Mushrif Park to close for a month


Abu Dhabi’s Mushrif Central Park will be closed to the public for the month of August. The park announced through social media that it would be shutting temporarily to provide park goers with an improved experience upon re-opening. It is not immediately known what changes will be made to the park, which reopened to visitors only in March last year after two years of refurbishment at a cost of Dh179 million. The park – one of the oldest and largest urban parks in the capital – first opened in 1982, when it was available only for women and children to…

Read More

Plan to develop Al Bateen beach, Al Sharia Park

Al Bateen

Abu Dhabi Municipality is coming up with two new projects for the capital – the Al Sharia Park and the Al Bateen Beach project. Private developers were invited to bid for the two projects in a public tender issued on July 26. While the Al Bateen Beach Project will be located in the residential neighbourhood of Al Bateen on Abu Dhabi island, Al Sharia Park will come up along the E11 highway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, at an interchange near Al Rabha in Abu Dhabi. Leisure destination The beach project will convert Al Bateen into a vibrant waterfront recreation…

Read More

Renovated Al Khor Park set to reopen

Al Khor

Al Khor Park is scheduled to reopen in August, with the Public Gardens Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning reviewing safety measures at the park. The department wants to ensure that the park, which is undergoing a massive QR250mn renovation, enjoys the highest safety and security standards, local Arabic daily Arrayah has reported. The park was scheduled to reopen during the first quarter of this year but it was postponed over safety concerns. It is spread over 240,000sqm and includes two sections. The first section is designed like a cave and hosts various animals and reptiles. It…

Read More

150,000 flocked to parks during Eid


According to figures provided by the Public Parks and Horticulture Department, the main parks in the city had a footfall of 95, 587 on the first three days of Eid. Around 150,000 people braved t he heat and humidity to visit Dubai parks to celebrate Eid Al Fitr holidays, the Dubai Municipality has said. According to figures provided by the Public Parks and Horticulture Department, the main parks in the city – Zabeel, Mamzar, Safa, Khawaneej, Mushrif and Creek parks – had a footfall of 95, 587 on the first three days of Eid. Some 27,500 people visited the residential…

Read More

Sharjah’s Tilal City set to offer first-of its-kind community facilities for residents


45 per cent of the development dedicated to green space and education, retail and leisure Tilal Properties has today announced that 45% of the land within its flagship Tilal City development will be dedicated to community facilities such as green spaces, jogging and bicycle tracks and six mosques, as well as education, retail and leisure areas. Tilal Properties, the joint venture between Sharjah Asset Management and Eskan Real Estate Development, revealed that there will be a total of 11 education facilities including schools and early development centres for children. In addition there will be a number of mixed-use facilities to…

Read More