March 4, 2021

KAEC golf course nearing completion

King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) is putting the final touches to the Royal Greens Golf Course and Country Club. Landscaping of the 18-hole championship course is nearing completion, while grassing is also entering the final phase with only the back nine holes remaining to be grassed. Playing to a par of 72, and a maximum length of just under 7,000 yards, the Royal Greens Golf course is destined to be one of the leading courses in the world.  Designed by European Golf Design (EGD), a division of leading sports management group IMG, it will be one of only four grassed…

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ZAS Architects create first indoor jungle


Earlier this year designMENA shared photos of ZAS Architects-design tower that features an indoor jungle. Images of the green areas of the project have now been unveiled by the architecture firm. Rosemont Hotel & Residences will include a 75,000 square foot indoor rainforest, set to become the first in the world. The project is spread across two 47-storey towers in Dubai’s Al Thanyah district, opposite Dubai Internet City, the rainforest is elevated within a large-sized podium, in addition to a man-made beach and a pool that uses recycled water. The complex is also set to include an infinity pool overlooking…

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Low energy greenhouses promoted by Abu Dhabi conference

Energy self sufficiency is a must for greenhouses in the region to be environmentally friendly, say experts at Abu Dhabi’s Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA). The GFIA, held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on 16-17 February, features more than 300 agricultural innovations that could shape the future of sustainable farming worldwide. Ruben Garcia, International Manager at Eltac-Hydrofarm said: “Currently, greenhouses’ installations use too much energy to operate their artificially-generated microclimates and only greenhouses with independent energy and water supply systems can offer sustainable, clean production units of vegetables. “Wind maps can indicate whether the wind power…

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Let there be light


TerraVerde’s Chris Parker says effective lighting should always be high on the agenda when it comes to garden design. One aspect of landscape design that is often overlooked and yet is crucial to not only the ambience, but also the functionality of a project, is lighting. As technology constantly evolves and with landscaping generally becoming more innovative, lighting design has never been so flexible. Lighting isn’t always high on the agenda during the initial stages of creating an outdoor space. Clients tend to pay most attention to their hardscape, softscape, plantation and even their outdoor furniture. These aspects are considered integral…

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Staying cool by the pool


TerraVerde took on the task of creating a Maldives feel at a luxury villa at Hattan in Arabian Ranches, Dubai. The client asked TerraVerde to create a stunning contemporary garden sustainable and durable enough to be used for a multitude of activities at the luxury villa, including parties, relaxation, recreation and al fresco dining. Privacy surrounding any of the ‘breakout’ areas within the villa’s gardens was crucial to the design, as was utilising every inch of space. TerraVerde orientated the landscaping around an exotic, tranquil theme that is modern with respect to the layout and design but with a natural…

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Irrigation isn’t always the answer


Landscaper and arborist Mark Laurence says that in light of shifting climates, the goal has to be minimal water use. Irrigation is considered a necessity when landscaping in arid climates. It is a view I wouldn’t like to completely contradict, yet I have seen a fair bit of evidence that tells me that many plantings, trees especially, are over-watered. Of equal importance is the fact that many irrigation methods waste water and sometimes damage the trees themselves. We have to discern the different requirements of trees and understand that what is necessary for one species is overkill for another, particularly…

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Rooms with a view


Alargan Landscaping Company was tasked with transforming the gardens surrounding Al Ghunaim Villa in the Shuwaikh residential area of Kuwait. The client requested simple, attractive outdoor spaces, with a low green border surrounding the villa and a modern design to match the exterior architecture features of the house. The landscaping around the house was simple, with plenty of lawn and low plants to highlight the house without impeding views. Maintaining views to the house was an important factor for the client and, prior to the design stage, Alargan designer Rana Akiki considered a 5% slope for all surrounding space. Her…

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The big interview: Michael Mascarenhas


  The group chief executive of Desert Group talks about running a business that is dedicated to transforming the UAE’s arid environment via innovative landscapes. How is the business structured and how long has it been going? Desert Group was founded in 1988. A pioneer, it was the first company that introduced the concept of landscaping in the region and has been a catalyst in changing how the world views what was once a very arid region. However, given the dynamic environment there was an urgent need to optimise organisational structure, manage maturing business lines and grow new businesses to…

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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….

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Al Barari site visit


Pro Landscaper Gulf visited Al Barari in the Nad Al Sheba area of Dubai to see its uniquely diverse landscapes and flora that afford residents utmost privacy in a beautiful and tranquil setting. Located adjacent to the royal enclave of Nad Al Sheba, Al Barari is the flagship development of the family-run Zaal Group. With Phase I completed and most of the villas handed over, Al Barari has succeeded in its vision to create one of the most desirable and environmentally-conscious developments in the UAE. Founded in 2005 by Zaal Mohammed Zaal and his family, Al Barari is the first…

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