January 24, 2022

  • PAAET launches project to plant 100,000 seedlings

    The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) launched on Wednesday a national project to plant 100,000 seedlings in its nurseries in Al-Shuwaikh area. PAAET works to conserve indigenous desert plants that can thrive in the county’s environment and consume less water than most plants, PAAET deputy director general Hajraf Al-Hajraf said in a press statement. Moreover, he noted how proud PAAET employees are of the success of such projects, adding that the people of Kuwait are steadfast in their support of the nation and its academic institutions. The aim of the project is to salvage the environment, PAAET official…

  • MECA, OSC sign pact to construct wooden paths in Qurum Natural Park

    The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) in Muscat represented by the Directorate General for Conservation of Nature and Oman Shipping Company (OSC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to construct two wooden paths in Qurum Natural Park. The agreement was signed last week at the ministry building. Mahmood bin Yahia al Dihli, director general of administrative and financial affairs, MECA, and Tariq bin Mohammed al Junaidi, CEO, OSC signed the agreement. The construction will not just beautify but will also make it convenient for visitors to the Qurm park. Article source – http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/MECA-OSC-sign-pact-to-construct-wooden-paths-in-Qurum-Natural-Park-4s32#ixzz4H7NTpI8E

  • Madhab Sulpheric Spring Park in Fujairah upgraded

    Sitting north of Fujairah overlooking Al Hajar Mountains, Madhab Sulpheric Spring Park has long been a place to unwind, relax and entertain children. Following a major upgrade, the 39,000-square-metre park has a new lush, green landscape, playground equipment and other facilities. Residents welcomed the refurbishment, saying many of the facilities were old and in need of maintenance. “Madhab park is one of the few getaways in Fujairah, especially during cool weather,” said Thuraya Aziz, a 30-year-old Tunisian mother of three: “My kids love to ride their bikes there due to the huge space compared to other parks. It’s one of…

  • Middle East Consultant Awards back for second year

    The second Middle East Consultant Awards event is to be held on 8 November 2016 at the Ritz Carlton, Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai. Registrations for the second instalment of the Middle East Consultant Awards, to be held on 8 November 2016, are now open at www.meconsultantawards.com. The awards, which will be held at the Ritz Carlton, Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai, celebrate the achievements of consultants, architects and designers in the Middle East, along with the iconic projects that they create. Following the success of the first-ever Middle East Consultant Awards in 2015, which saw over 250 guests attend…

  • Pokémon Go fans advised to watch their step in Dubai’s parks

    Pokémon Go fans should use civic senses and obey safety and privacy rules while playing the game in Dubai’s public parks, a senior official has said. Fears about the new gaming craze raising safety and privacy concerns have mounted across the world and Dubai is no exception. While parks and other open areas are touted as the best places to chase the virtual Pokémon characters, players will not be allowed to cross their limits in parks, the Dubai Municipality has clarified. The municipality slaps a fine of Dh500 for damaging or plucking flowers. In the wake of reports of players endangering…



Muscat Municipality Replacing Seasonals with Perennials

Jun 16, 2016

Muscat Municipality is replacing seasonal plants with perennial ones as part of its sustainable landscaping and beautification drive. Mubarak Mohammed al Shukaili, deputy director of nursery in the municipality’s Department of Landscaping and Gardening said: “We are looking at plant varieties that will help in sustainable landscaping. These will require less manpower, less maintenance and less expenditure. We are replacing seasonal grass, plants and flowers with those that can survive for years. Perennial plants can survive the hot weather of Oman as they do not require a lot of water and will also bear flowers from time to time. So,…

bio dome

Dubai Bio Dome Due to Open Next Month

Jun 15, 2016

A company in Dubai will be building a tropical rainforest in the heart of the city. Titled The Green Planet, the Dubai Bio Dome is scheduled to open for visitors by the end of July, and will be located in the City Walk retail area in Jumeirah. The dome will recreate the environment of a tropical rainforest, and will be its own completely enclosed ecosystem. Meraas, the company behind the project, has said that it will recreate the ‘enchanting world’ of a tropical rainforest. The Dubai Bio Dome will be rich in biodiversity, being home to more than 3,000 plants…


Plants that can survive a UAE Summer

Jun 14, 2016

Summer in the UAE can be a difficult time for plants. Here we take a look at the hardiest plants that can survive a UAE summer. Succulent plants, also known as succulents or fat plants, are water-retaining plants adapted to arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants store water in their leaves, stems, and also in roots. Many succulents come from the dry areas of the tropics and subtropics, such as steppes, semi desert, and desert. High temperatures and low rain fall force plants to collect and store water to survive long dry periods sound perfect for Dubai. For gardens and…

Flowpoint Viru Street

Flowpoint Paves the Way in Tallinn Old Town

Jun 3, 2016

Instarmac’s Estonian partner, Roadservice, have secured an 8,000m² paving restoration project of the beautiful Viru Street in Tallinn Old Town. Viru Street is known for its beautiful entrance gates. These iconic gates were built in the 14th century as part of the town’s defence system, with the number of gates increasing to 8 by the 16th century. Over the years, the entrance to Old Town widened and as a consequence many of the gates have since been demolished. However the corner gates are still standing and have become symbolic of Tallinn Old Town. The restoration of this fairytale street required…


An English Garden

May 1, 2016

In a beautiful rural setting in the English county of Kent, two Tyler asbestos and concrete-frame barns sat within a concrete farmyard, ruining the look of adjoining gardens and a farmhouse. The client’s specifications to completely revamp the property included replacing the barns, farmyard, entrance and an adjoining tennis court with a new building; improving access, creating a kitchen garden and other gardens and linking them to existing gardens and paddocks; adding lighting throughout the garden, and converting oil-reliant buildings and a swimming pool to renewable energy sources. Getting under way E-scape decided to demolish the buildings and start from…

Sustainable architecture conference in Cairo

Mar 10, 2016

A sustainable architecture conference with speakers from around the world is taking place at Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel in Cairo on Sunday 13 March. Design, Build, Breathe aims to showcase the latest eco solutions and create a dialogue between government officials, architects, real estate developers, technology providers and academics in this field. The conference is the first annual integrated conference of its kind and will include interactive talks, panel discussions and workshops exploring all that is possible in the world of sustainable innovation highlighting green building, urban planning, and energy efficiency.   Workshops: Workshop 1: Waste management – Research Institute…