October 26, 2021

The big interview: Ahmed Bukhash


Archidentity’s chief architect and founder talks to Pro Landscaper Gulf about landscaping trends in the region, sustainability, and what the future may hold in store for the industry. How long ago did the business start? We established the company five years ago. It was based on carrying out high-end residential housing work. We are not only limited to that but we wanted to build a strong foundation. Now we have many projects around Dubai and we’ve also been invited to tender for a couple of projects in Qatar. When you design architecture for a villa, do you also design gardens…

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Praising the roof


Pro Landscaper Gulf looks at an award-winning RHS Chelsea show garden designed to sit in splendour on an office block rooftop, combining technology and tranquillity to create an ambient working environment. Designed by Patricia Fox, of UK-based Aralia Garden Design, this stunning 10m x 20m plot was presented as an extension to the working office that could make excellent use of often neglected rooftop space. The garden was created to inspire people to make better use of unused commercial space by demonstrating that office rooftops can be used as viable garden or work spaces amid overcrowded cities. Patricia’s aim was…

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Foreign species brought into the UAE ‘threat to local flora and fauna’


Foreign species brought into the UAE are causing damage to businesses and threatening indigenous plant and animal life across the country, according to an environmental survey. Scientists have been looking at terrestrial and freshwater species that have made their way to the UAE in an attempt to find out which are a threat to local flora and fauna. The nationwide study was conducted on behalf of Abu Dhabi Environment Agency’s Terrestrial Marine Biodiversity sector. The study recorded 146 species in seven major taxonomic groups. The highest number of alien species were birds, making up 49 per cent of the total,…

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Ithara in key role at ME smart landscape summit

 Group, a provider of educational, play and sports solutions, has joined the fourth Middle East Smart Landscape Summit as a gold sponsor. The summit, organised by Expotrade Middle East, will take place on April 25 and 26 at the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa in Dubai, UAE. The summit will provide strategic insights into innovative landscaping techniques with extensive plans to promote green infrastructure in the Middle East and the UAE in particular. It will emphasise on the crucial need to create environments that endorse physical activity and an active lifestyle. Brad Hariharan, regional director, Expotrade Middle East,…

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The green shoots of gardening in the UAE


Mistletoe gathered from oak trees was utilised by the ancient hunters of Northern Europe to mark the winter solstice, the darkest time of the year, when fires were lit to banish the darkness. The Romans also celebrated a winter festival by decorating their homes with greenery, a tradition that has endured as it was adapted and incorporated into religious and secular celebrations. Holly, ivy and evergreen fir trees were cut and brought inside at the point in the year when the plants of Northern Europe would be mostly dormant and laying in wait of the warming rays of spring. In…

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Abu Dhabi’s renovated Al Asema Park now open for public

Al Asema

Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADCM) has reopened Al Asema Park, one of the oldest parks in Abu Dhabi, for the public after renovation. The park in the national capital now has two multi-purpose playgrounds and a children playing area conforming to all standards of welfare, quality and public safety. The municipality had also completed a number of landscaping works and added more green spaces to meet with the huge turnout witnessed by this old but strategically located park in a densely populated community. According to the municipality, the renovation project, spanning an area of about 8,110 square metres, aimed to…

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Bahrain ban on new public parks


A Ban on new public parks and gardens has been imposed in Manama. However, many existing family recreation facilities will be developed to include walkways, sports pitches and indoor sports courts. The decision was taken yesterday by the Capital Trustees Board, which says it will prevent millions of dinars being wasted on unnecessary  projects. It also wants the private sector to get involved by investing in new leisure facilities, instead of the government shouldering the financial burden. The decision was taken as Bahrain looks to cut public spending due to low oil prices, which have prompted significant government cutbacks. “We…

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Grand plans for Riyadh as projects gather momentum


A far-reaching masterplan that will support the thousands of projects already taking shape across Riyadh is expected to put the city on course to become a leading “global metropole”, its Emir, Prince Faisal Bin Bandar, told Oxford Business Group (OBG). In an exclusive interview, Prince Faisal said the drafted Strategic and Comprehensive Master Plan of Riyadh had both economic development and sustainable growth at its core. Both, he told OBG, would be achieved “by focusing on upgrading human capital, diversifying income sources, promoting modern infrastructure to accommodate the demands of development and supporting environmental protection programs.” Projects will be rolled…

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Solar lights to illuminate park in Musandam


A new set of solar-powered lights will be fully operational around the Daba Public Park by the end of this week, according to Ahmed Al Kamzari, assistant director of Daba Municipality. The first energy-saving light pole was installed on Sunday. Nineteen more poles will be put in place by Thursday in the public park in the Musandam governorate. Costing around OMR8,000 for the entire project, Al Kamzari said the municipality adopted the idea after seeing the success of solar-powered lights in other countries. Explaining how the lights function, Al Kamzari said the Chinese made poles collect sunlight energy throughout the…

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Saudi Arabia plans $200bn construction spend in two years


Saudi Arabia has announced a planned spend of $200bn in development projects over the next two years. Ibrahim Al Moaiqel, the director general for the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), stated: “This development is expected to spur continued growth among stakeholders in the kingdom’s construction market, especially for local businesses. “Equally important, as the sector develops, more employment opportunities should open up for Saudi nationals and further contribute to the country’s continued push for economic growth.” The HRDF has joined forces with the regional business intelligence firm Meed to organise the first ever Saudi Talent in Construction Conference on Sunday…

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