March 29, 2020

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…

Read More

Emirates Golf Club


Pro Landscaper Gulf talks to Craig Haldane about how he maintains a golf course in a climate where the grass grows all year round. Emirates Golf Course opened in 1988 and was the first grass golf course in the Middle East. Maintenance of the course is the responsibility of Craig Haldane, who started his career at the renowned Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in his native South Africa. Craig began his career in the Middle East at the Royal Golf Club in Riffa, Bahrain, in 2001 before joining Dubai Golf, which owns the Emirates Golf Course, five years later….

Read More

Designing local


Managing director of desert INK landscape architects, Duncan Denley advocates the use of local planting and resources as the region’s landscaping culture comes of age. Ten years ago the region was a place of mimicry, with architects borrowing ideas from overseas and fighting back the harsh desert environment as best they could. Lush green parks and tropical jungles proliferated and we congratulated ourselves on how green it all looked.  Like a musician who starts out learning the music of others before graduating to his own melodies, this region is now poised to write its own songs. It would seem that…

Read More

The big interview: Kamelia Bin Zaal


Pro Landscaper Gulf interviews the first Emirati to design a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We ask Kamelia Bin Zaal, Creative Director at Al Barari, about her career in garden design, how she got involved with the prestigious London event and why she’s planning for a greener future in her home country. How did you get into garden design? I grew up watching my father, who was always in the garden. He loves flowers and the sense of peace a garden can give. I worked in the government for four years and while I enjoyed it, I…

Read More

Floating on air


Space Landscape Designs created a resort-style swimming pool using wet edges to create the illusion it floats on air. The brief was to create a modern pool unique to the area with a resort-like aesthetic. The idea of the four-sided wet edge pool was to give the illusion that the water was floating. The clients wanted an international design team experienced with swimming pool design. Cost wasn’t a factor, but experience was paramount. Planting was to be as low maintenance as possible and tropical. Design and build As the job was designed in Oman it was important that the plans…

Read More

Value added


In the first of a two-part series, Katie Hilal from TerraVerde talks about the value a landscaped garden can add to a home. When is the right time to renovate a garden? In my opinion it’s always the right time. Your client may have a preference as to the time of year, depending on whether they want to be around when the work is done or if they prefer to be away. However, there are other determining factors influencing when landscaping works should begin, especially with different procedures to be followed from the relevant developers here in the region. In…

Read More

Care of urban trees in arid regions


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…

Read More

2015 Middle East Smart Landscape Summit

Smart Landscape Summit

The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015 took place on the 28 and 29 April 2015 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. Now in its third year, the summit attracted over 400 landscape architects, government authorities, urban planners, developers, environmental specialists and contractors from across the GCC, committed to the development of sustainable landscapes in the Middle East region. Pro Landscaper Gulf’s publisher Jamie Wilkinson attended the two day event. With the aim of turning Dubai into a Green Paradise in time for the World Expo 2020, there has been a string of major investments in urban landscape development. Maintaining a strong irrigation network is vital for the development of sustainable landscape projects and…

Read More

Inside Out Outside In


Understanding the value of indoor and outdoor design. A seamless connection between inside and out maximises perception of space and makes for a harmonious domestic environment, says interior designer, Anji Connell The location, setting and your view are all determinants for both indoor and outdoor design. A fabulous view (if you are lucky enough to have one) maximises your interior space by leading your eye outside, making it feel larger, lighter and more open. If you are not lucky enough to have an exciting urban skyline, rural or sea view, you need to look at ways to cheat the eye. An ‘eye catcher’, something placed in the landscape as a focal point to ‘catch the eye’…

Read More

Infinite Possibility – TerraVerde


With an infinity pool as its central feature, TerraVerde drew upon a range of landscaping methods to deliver a challenging design and build concept at this luxury villa In the heart of Palm Jumeirah, this luxury villa project shows how a beautiful landscape design can both complement the exterior of an existing property and the natural surrounding landscape, but nonetheless stand in isolation as an aesthetically striking outdoor area. The project implemented a range of landscaping methods including irrigation, pool installation, softscaping, hardscaping, construction and bespoke carpentry. The client had outlined a brief with a challenging design and build concept. They were clear they wanted to adopt a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi…

Read More