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EDITOR’S NOTE

n this issue of Landscape ME, we take a look at the launch of the latest destination resort, Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman by Alila. The resort is dramatically perched on a mountain side overlooking a stunning gorge with sensational views of the Al Hajar Mountains. Turn to page 38 for more.

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Bensley Design Studios share their thoughts and expertise on page 24 on the design of St Regis Bali Resort which features onyx marble, bronze and wood sculptures in the gardens.

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Dubai-based development company Meraas Holding unveils the blueprint for Dubai Parks & Resorts project that is set to take shape in Jebel Ali. The first phase of the project will comprise of three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai. The development will also feature Riverpark – a grand entrance plaza and Lapita, a family themed hotel. See page 14. The topic of, ‘Do we need Green Roofs?’ is always one for debate. Turns to page 20 were we discuss the economic, ecological and social benefits to having Green Roofs. Until next time,

John Hampton

The opinions and views contained in the articles in this publication are those of the contributors and not necessarily of the publishers. The publishers cannot be held liable for any mistake or omission enclosed in the publication.

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Meraas Holding Unveils Dubai Parks & Resorts Green Roofs St. Regis Bali Rresort Landscape Interview with Peter Scott, Landscape Manager of Khatib & Alami Planting Trees in the Urban Environment Alila Hotels & Resorts - Al Jabal Akhdar, Oman Gebran Tueni Memorial – Beirut, Lebanon Making the City Greener Interview with the CEO of Floors & Decks

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News & Events

TAMassociati receives the ZUMTOBEL GROUP AWARD 2014 The Paediatric Centre in Sudan designed by Tamassociati received the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 for the buildings category The much-coveted international acknowledgement goes to projects with the highest innovative value.

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ccording to the jury, the Paediatric Centre, in Port Sudan, designed by the Italian team and already referred to as the world’s most sustainable hospital, is an “exceptional” work, which “combines the highest aesthetic standards with the adoption of innovative and more efficient solutions for resource exploitation, greater environmental care, and the establishment of better life conditions.” Moreover, the jury acknowledged in particular the pursuit and implementation of the latest technology, especially in these extreme climatic and social conditions. The hospital, built on a commission of the

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NGO Emergency, is the result of skilful ‘Italian style’ combining technological and aesthetic solutions, optimized local resources, project flexibility and downsizing according to the available resources, study, care, and involvement of local labour: the building represents an ethical and social vision of ‘architectural design’, and ensures a high added value based on sustainability in the broadest and deepest sense of the term

for the eco-social impact of its international works, Tamassociati obtains another worldclass acknowledgement.

For Tamassociati it is the fourth global acknowledgement in the last few months for Tamassociati. After receiving, in chronological order, the much coveted Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the IUSCapocchin Award, and the Curry Stone Design Prize for qualitative excellence and

A Social Design combining cost containment with excellence - low cost/high quality:

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The construction of one of the few health facilities in this broad region, capable to provide free health care to local children, is a step towards full enjoyment of the right to health, beauty, and respect for the environment.

“coexistence between the best possible healthcare and the best environmental approach is a major future challenge, not just for Africa.”


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News & Events

Future Landscape & Public Realm Abu Dhabi to be held 9-10 February 2015 Abu Dhabi

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dvanced Conferences & Meetings, one of the leading business-tobusiness events companies in the region, has announced the dates for the inaugural Future Landscape & Public Realm Abu Dhabi conference. Abu Dhabi’s only dedicated conference dedicated to landscape and public realm projects will take place on the 9-10 February 2015. Tom Gore, Managing Director of ACM said: “Advanced Conferences & Meetings is proud to announce the launch of this unique conference, which will explore the wide variety of public realm projects designed to enhance the city and support the goals of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan.” Incorporating case studies and speakers from the relevant government agencies and other stakeholders, Future Landscape & Public Realm Abu Dhabi will provide attendees with unparalleled opportunities to leverage the experience of their peers, renowned experts and selected solution providers. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about advancements in creating visually appealing and sustainable urban green spaces,

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developments in strategies to maximize the natural ecological areas of Abu Dhabi, new regulations governing the development of public spaces and playground equipment and the plans to enhance the attractiveness of the city, whilst also improving the health of residents by encouraging outdoor activities. The conference programme is being put together with the assistance of a high-level advisory board featuring representatives from Abu Dhabi Municipality, Aecom and Perkins+Will, which will ensure that the agenda meets the needs and requirements of Abu Dhabi’s multiple stakeholders. The Future Landscape & Public Realm Abu Dhabi conference will also provide a platform for landscape equipment manufacturers, materials suppliers and solution providers to showcase their expertise, products and services, whilst landscape and design professionals, urban planners, urban designers and high-level decision makers exchange best practice and plan for future projects. For further information about the conference, please visit www.futurelandscapeabudhabi.com


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News & Events “A People’s Palace. The Library of Birmingham and Other Buildings for the Public” Mecanoo exhibition in Berlin

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People’s Palace will open at the Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin. “A People’s Palace” exhibits models and movies of recent public buildings by Mecanoo, including the Library of Birmingham. Aedes Architecture Forum, founded by Kristin Feireiss, is one of the most prominent international platforms for architecture and urban design. Besides the Library of Birmingham, the municipal offices and train station in Delft, the Kaap Skill museum on Texel, the Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Performing Arts in Kaohsiung, and the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston are among the projects which will be on display. Mecanoo’s founder and creative director, Francine Houben, believes that public buildings are the social and cultural heart of society:

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“Public buildings need public space and should be welcoming to everybody.” The Library of Birmingham is the largest library in Europe, located at the city’s main Centenary Square. Mecanoo has designed a building that is inviting and inspiring for people of all ages and backgrounds - a real public building that also creates an outdoor public space. The circular amphitheatre embedded in the square reveals a glimpse of the inner library world to the public and sets the tone as a performance space. Standing high above the square, the rooftop gardens provide commanding views across the city. In the first year since its opening in September 2013 over 2.7 million have visited the Library of Birmingham. Today it is the place to be for community events, studying, working and meeting people. Mecanoo, founded in Delft in 1984, is

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made up of a highly multidisciplinary staff of over 120 creative professionals from 25 nationalities and includes architects, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects and architectural technicians. Over the past 30 years, Mecanoo’s multidisciplinary approach has resulted in a wide-ranging portfolio of designs that are executed with technical expertise and great attention to detail. Francine Houben sees the office as a symphony orchestra, bringing together urbanism, landscape, architecture, restoration and interior design in a coherent way. The office has won numerous international awards. The Library of Birmingham has been nominated for the prestigious 2014 Stirling Prize. The Architects’ Journal named Francine Houben Woman Architect of the Year 2014.


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The new trade fair dedicated to flowers, plants and gardens will take place at the end of February, 2015 at Fiera Milano. Moreover, the event management office – which has been working in the Italian trade fair sector for more than 20 years – will create setups and scenic designs to recall the beneficial effects of living outdoors, in the open air –also from an aesthetic point of view-, which will become the trend setter concepts for green-décor and the interior landscaping. Since it is a BtoB event, the staff will also organize some technical and professional meetings, conferences and seminars.

A BtoB event which aims at becoming an attraction for exhibitors and professionals in the Italian and international sector.

Exhibition areas The central focus of the exhibition will be indoor and outdoor plants and cut flowers. In addition to them, to complete the offer, there will be a section for gardening techniques (with composts, vases, seeds, greenhouses etc.), company services (hardware, software, managing tools etc.) and an exhibition of equipment and machines for gardening and garden maintenance. There will be also an important area dedicated to the small and big garden works.

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Since its first edition it has been an exhibition project with a wide geographic and time prospect. The organizers, who conceived the event together with the members of the consortium, have already met and are currently meeting local and national associations in the sector, consortiums, single companies and partner companies all around Italy. “The feedback is really positive”, they say, “Our feeling is that the event is getting bigger”. In a short time the trade fair project has become a real trade fair, joined by new companies every day. Between the promoting consortium and the event management office there is a very strong connection: like actors of the same event, like people who are sharing different visions and ways of working, like professionals who want to give an important contribution to a sector, which is so important for Italy. Generally speaking, the trade fair is a tool to give new energy to this sector and make it grow.


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Sustainable coexistence and “feasible utopia”:

Margraf Hanging Gardens

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ontemporary monumental works hanging amid shapes, visions, and concepts for the challenging installation created by Metrogramma for Margraf The presence of this historical Vicenza-based company at this leading showcase for the industry celebrates the beauty of marble, as well as the technological excellence acquired in 108 years of unconditioned research and innovation work. This also provides the opportunity to unveil possible scenarios of coexistence where local landscapes and the unrelenting attempt to retrieve their spacial dimensions go hand in hand with overwhelmingly, mechanical urban skylines permanently dotted with gray clouds and concrete.

yearning to be filled with concrete. Instead there are marble slabs hanging randomly and green plants protrude from of the pores and voids of a grid-like structure. The two modules that surround Margraf’s area provide an attractive enclosure of the stand interiors, yet without any solid closure. They are complemented by long standing elements on a slim pedestal supporting an asymmetrical cantilever mimicking cranes: a design reproducing the continuous process

These scenarios represent the typical duality of this company that loves to match the wild natural streaks and textures of its raw materials with sumptuous and opulent decors and finishings. Metrogramma has fully interpreted and even captured this concept, which is embodied by two extraordinary installations inside and outside the stand respectively, representing this farsighted company based in Chiampo. Hanging Gardens consists of two modular latticed structures of reinforcing bars, arranged in a shaky balance which almost seems to be

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of becoming that goes beyond the clearing of the construction yard and continues with the life that animates man-made environments. Climbing plants alternate with marble slabs hanging lightly from the metal cages forming a symbiotic and peaceful coexistence. Outside, the installation features more steadfast and permanent proportions recalling the trees and elevated squares embellished by luscious marble and steel braziers, as well as nature-born sounds. Both constructions are clearly inspired by Yona Friedman’s “feasible utopias” both in terms of the material manifestation and the visionary goal of a peaceful coexistence of man-made artefacts and nature within contemporary urban settings. Marble is a monumental, rugged material that has been traditionally associated with ancient Italian master sculptors. Its combination with the underlying, lightweight sub-structure, designed to bear the slabs, results in a semantic arrangement forming Hanging Gardens that are a new type of counterpoint focusing on monumental endurance rather than the immediate, transitory appearance of the scenographic installation. www.margraf.it www.facebook.com/margraf. industriamarmivicentini


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spotlight

Meraas Holding Unveils Dubai Parks & Resorts

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ubai-based development company Meraas Holding unveils the blueprint for Dubai Parks & Resorts project that is set to take shape in Jebel Ali. Launched under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Parks & Resorts has been designed as a mega leisure and entertainment destination to serve the regions that are within an eight hour flying distance from Dubai. Dubai Parks & Resorts articulates Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020, which under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum sets the guidelines

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for Dubai to double its annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020, and increase the economic contribution of the tourism sector. The development has been designed with the expertise of leading industry firms such as Rabben Herman, Gensler, HOK, RTKL, Forrec and Riva Creative. In addition, consultants including CH2M Hill and Samsung SDS have provided infrastructure design. The overall master plan has been approved by the relevant government authorities. More than 1,500 personnel have been deployed to develop an initial area of approximately 25 million sq feet at Phase 1 of Dubai Parks & Resorts. With nearly 30 percent of the infrastructure development already complete,


work on the power substation has registered 35 percent headway while excavation work for the district cooling facility has also commenced.

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Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks & Resorts LLC, said: “A mega project such as Dubai Parks & Resorts requires partners that have a strong track record in developing and delivering leisure and entertainment concepts of this scale. Following a stringent bidding process we have selected consultants and contractors with whom we are working closely to deliver an entertainment experience that brings to life the UAE leadership’s vision of positioning Dubai as a leading global tourist destination.” Program management firm Samsung C&T is overseeing the overall progress of the project to ensure its components adhere to scheduled timelines and budgets, while Kier Group is building the utilities component. ETA has been engaged for the power substation project and National Central Cooling Company PJSC (“Tabreed”) mandated to set up the district cooling facility. Besix Orascom is responsible for the majority of the LEGOLAND® Dubai building works, Laing O’Rourke and Al Futtaim Carillion for a large part of Motiongate Dubai, and ARCO General Contracting EST for Bollywood Parks. Hill International has also been contracted to manage the production and installation of all shows and rides, and provide construction management consultancy services for Phase 1 of Dubai Parks & Resorts. The first phase of Dubai Parks & Resorts will comprise three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai. The development will also feature Riverpark – a grand entrance

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plaza and Lapita, a family themed hotel. The first phase is scheduled for completion in 2016. Motiongate™ Featuring DreamWorks Animation franchises, the zone will feature 12 engaging attractions and new-generation rides, as well as themed dining and retail outlets that provide unique experiences through the use of innovative media and creative storytelling. motiongate™ Dubai will encompass a total of four million square feet and is anticipated to attract three million visitors a year. The theme park will host four zones with a total of 27 attractions, as well as a vibrant retail, dining and entertainment options across all areas. it will feature four unique zones and transport visitors on a journey of discovery, bringing to life some of the most recognizable Hollywood characters from the big screen. Motiongate™ will also include the Sony Pictures Studio and Smurfs Zone which will contain 12 themed attractions inspired by

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popular Sony Pictures theatrical releases, including ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’, ‘Hotel Transylvania’, ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘The Green Hornet’, ‘Underworld’, ‘Zombieland’, in addition to hosting the world’s favorite little blue characters ‘The Smurfs’. Legoland The Park, which will be operated by Merlin Entertainments plc (‘Merlin’), is being developed in conjunction with Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited, a Meraas holding company. Scheduled to open in 2016, LEGOLAND Dubai will be the first LEGOLAND Park in the Middle East and the seventh to open worldwide. LEGOLAND Dubai will cover a total of three million square feet and feature over 15,000 LEGO® model structures made from more than 60 million LEGO bricks. This includes over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions – all set in six themed areas, some of which are already favourites - LEGO City, Adventure, LEGO Kingdom, Create, LEGO Factory, and the ever popular magical Miniland.

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LEGOLAND Dubai will bring the well-known LEGO brick to life in a unique interactive world specifically designed for children aged 2-12, encouraging them to stretch their imaginations and their skills as the ‘heroes’ in a fun day spent together with friends and family. Centrally located between the three theme parks, Riverpark will serve as an entrance plaza district featuring an array of retail, dining and entertainment options. Spanning an area of 120,000 sq meters with a total built up area of 20,000 sq meters, Riverpark will provide residents and visitors with an innovative concept that integrates retail outlets, casual dining options, quick service restaurants, as well as varied indoor and outdoor entertainment offerings. A one kilometer canal will flow through the development lined with cafés and retail outlets on either side. Water taxis will add to the attraction to help visitors navigate the destination. The plaza will feature an expansive arena for hosting community events, street entertainment and a range of outdoor activities.

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The World Travel and Tourism Council Economic Impact 2014 report reveals the total contribution of travel and tourism to the UAE’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2013 was AED117.4 billion, equivalent to 8.4 percent of GDP. According to forecasts, the total contribution of travel and tourism to the UAE’s GDP is projected to grow annually by 3.1 per cent and reach AED167.4 billion by 2024. A recent report by JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group has also revealed that Dubai registered a steady increase of hotel guests at a CAGR of eight percent from 2009 until 2013.

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GreenRoofs? All types of roofs can be greened

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ur region is living a fascinating upswing reflecting on everything in many ways; one of them is called “the invasion of the concrete.” Not only because we have been wrapped up by plenty of gloomy coldish structures but also because we care about the veracity of our planet and the health of future generations because we want to construct massive ‘healthy’ cities. We need: Green Roofs.

and maintenance costs as Green Roofs protect the waterproofing from extreme heat and temperature fluctuations, Ultraviolet radiations and mechanical damages which will result in prolonging the lifespan of the waterproofing membranes twice as traditional roofing. Green Roofs decrease the amount of energy required to moderate the temperature of the building (mainly air conditioning consumption) which

Our mission as Al Yousuf LLC and our Partner ZinCo GmbH is to arouse the consciousness of our society about Green Roofs as a necessity for ‘Healthy Cities.’ Green Roofs offer more than aesthetic privileges; they present a bundle of economic, ecologic and social benefits for the communities. Economic benefits of Green Roofs The initial installation cost of a Green Roof is more than a conventional roof; however, the life cycle cost is more than competitive. It helps to reduce renovation All types of roofs can be greened

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will result on improving its energy performance and will lessen the emissions of Greenhouse gases (GHG). A Green Roof acts as a natural filter of the rainwater, it also stores water whether in the substrate or in the drainage / storage elements and plays a role in reducing the precipitation runoff resulting in decreased stress on the sewer system, preventing combined sewer overflow.


Green roofs decrease energy consumption

Compared to conventional roofs, Green Roofs have much lower burning heat load wherefore it is considered a natural fire defense of the building. Aside from the individual economic benefits of the Green Roofs, they also contribute in reinforcing the market by creating new relevant employment opportunities such as manufacturing and supplying of pertinent materials like waterproofing ,anti- roots membranes ,drainage and storage elements ,

Replicating nature on roofs.

Established in October 2008, Al Yousuf Agriculture & Landscape LLC is a company which focuses on the supply of green roof system and also provides technical assistance to all clients from design stage up to installation/supervision. We are the exclusive agency for Zinco Green Roofs in the region. Our portfolio of works are the following; Al Shaqab Equestrian Club in Doha, Qatar owned by The Qatar Foundation, Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Abu Dhabi and Al Jalila Children Specialty Hospital, Dubai.

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ecology Green Roofs Improve the Microclimate

Green Roofs bind dust and toxic substances

separation and protection sheets, plants, substrate, design and installation. Ecological Benefits of Green Roofs It improves the micro climate by cooling the air through evapotranspiration. Green Roofs contribute to improve the microclimate especially in densely populated areas, they also filter out the air by binding noxious substances, dust and smog. Large areas of land are conquered every year by urbanisation, Green Roofs recompense lost lands in a way rooftops can be developed into social and recreational spaces; it can be used for urban agriculture also. Green Roofs also offer a natural habitat for some insects, birds and butterflies. Green Roofs increase the opportunities to recycle materials such as aggregate and compost. Cooling the atmosphere during

Green roofs provide a beautiful view for the surrounding buildings

hot seasons will result in moderating the Urban Heat Island and the emission of Greenhouse gases will be dramatically reduced. Green Roofs act as an acoustic insulator as it can reduce the sound reflection by eight DB which is beneficial to people who live next to loud places such as airports and factories. Social benefits of Green Roofs Green Roofs provide beautiful aesthetic views for surrounding buildings and recreational spaces for meetings and gatherings; they contribute to improve public relations. They also reflect positively on the community health as they reduce the impact of the ElectroMagnetic radiation from wireless devices

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and mobile networks, the reduced pollution as a result of greenery can decrease the demand on health care. They can be utilised for education to increase students’ awareness about the environment and ecology. Roofs are more than protection of the building; they give character to individual buildings and entire cities.

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All types of roofs can be greened


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Bali Deco Style for St. Regis Bali resort landscape

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e approached the development of the art work package in a very different manner. We imagined if Isamu Naguchi had actually lived in Bali in the 1950’s and ’60s - when he was at the pinnacle of his career - and how living there would have influenced his work. Magnificent Balinese Gunungan artwork was made by green patina finished bronze. Surrounded by a tropical Indonesian green softscape at Remede Spa, St. Regis

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Isamu Naguchi is my favourite sculpture of all time. He was Japanese American and his talents spanned from landscape architecture, to furniture and lamp designer, to one of the greatest fine artists the world has ever known. The 100 plus results grace the grounds of St Regis Bali in the form of onyx marble, bronze and wood sculptures all designed by Bensley Design Studios specifically for these gardens. We set out hundreds of river stones all approximately the same size, in black sand and few metres. It was

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the primitive sculptural forms that I found on Easter Island that inspired this favourite part of the gardens. As there is so much happening visually from the lobby to the beach, I thought it best to have a simple primitive solution that easily draws ones eye to the ocean. The raw beauty of the added fire at night is my signature that I started some 30 years ago. The rain forest gate at the entrance is simply a garden folly, that has no real use but sets the tone for the unique experience the guest is about to enjoy. We wanted to play with scale, mist, blue light and the idea of a “jungle in a box”. The floral patterning that occurs throughout the hotel was designed with the mindset, “What would Naguchi have done?” and has become the DNA of the St Regis Bali, as interpreted in the patterning in wood, bronze, stone, pebbles and ceramic. I love to create one direction for our team of designers and then keep to that DNA through thick and thin. It is a great way to end up with a coherent project, even if it is only subliminally.

Bill Bensley

Landscape Architect

I started this venture called Bensley Design Studios with an atelier in Bangkok in 1989 and another, shortly after in Bali in 1991. Over 25 years later, we have over 150 designers, artists, landscape architects and interior designers. My prime interests are to design the architecture, interiors, gardens, uniforms and tabletops for small luxury hotels, as I love to make unique statements in the word of hospitality. My multi-talented staffs have been with me for over 15 years and some 25 years. I also believe in good honest hard work to create unique one-of-a-kind environments for our clients. When designing hotels, it is important to me to have a deep understanding of the environment in which we are building and to reflect this in our design work. The best resorts are built lightly on the landscape and have a minimal impact of Mother Nature. Photo by : Krishna Adithya Architect : BENSLEY STUDIOS BALI www.bensley.com

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Architect for the Australian National Gallery when I was only 23 for two years. This experience gave me tremendous site knowledge and an understanding of the highest level of landscape design and construction. The Gallery Sculpture gardens and landscape is now designated as a “National Treasure.” This experience gave me an edge, I believe over many of my colleagues at that time. My career has been very interesting and I have been a full-time and part-time lecturer in Environmental Design, a member of the top design companies in Australia (Forsite, EDAW), a Director of Travis Partners Pty Ltd in Sydney (now Architectus) and AECOM (Indonesia). I was also able to establish my own Architectural, Landscape Architecture, Golf Course Architecture and Quantity Surveying company in South East Asia, China and the Middle East in 1989. At that time I also used my Landscape Architecture skills to become a recognised Golf Course Architect. I formed a Golf Course Construction Company and built many of our designs throughout China and S.E. Asia. I am a great believer that Landscape Architects have the skills to lead Multidisciplinary companies and that our training gives us the right balance of vision with practicality. In late 2004, I moved to

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Dubai to study the market and expand my company PDSI. During this time my China office worked with me producing projects as a developer/consultant of value over six billionUSD in Ras al Khaimah, Ajman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. I also used Dubai as a base to undertake large consultancy projects in Jordan, Egypt, Oman, Romania, Italy, Spain, Sierra Leone, Montenegro, Afghanistan, the Caribbean and South East Asia. In addition, I was Jose Maria Olazabal’s Resort and Golf Course Concept Architect during this period as well as the Concept Architect for PDSI. During that time I was researching and applying the techniques of desert Landscape design and implementation and developed programs combining Carbon Sequestration with Sea Water Agronomy which I have presented at numerous conferences. My passion is exploring the use of pure seawater to produce food and also the equitable redevelopment of slums. I formed a company called Whole Earth Communities for both research and activity in both those areas in 2012.  I have also given papers on terrorism security and safety for landscape developments as well as designing for the disabled. Unfortunately my companies were amongst the wreckage of the Global Financial Crisis and I returned to Australia with my family in early 2009. I worked with numerous companies as a consultant during this period in Australia and China and held the position as a Director of AECOM for Indonesia.


I was offered the position of Head of Landscape Architecture for Khatib & Alami who have offices in the UAE as well as many other parts of the world and that is my position now. What are the main challenges of doing business in the current GCC market post-recession? I think it is easier to do professional business in the market now because most of the brokers have disappeared. The booming GCC was full of bluff, wild schemes and poor

enforceability of contracts and, whilst it was exciting, it was very risky and dangerous. Clear Public realm guidelines and authority regulations have helped a great deal. What is the difference between landscape industries here in the Middle East compared to other countries? To design and build landscapes in the Middle East it is essential to understand and comply with the intense natural environment, the diverse human cultures and the government regulatory systems.

What important role do you think landscape architecture plays in people’s lives? Landscape Architecture improves the quality of our lives by creating environments that reconnect us to nature and natural materials. This has a significant effect on our physical and emotional well-being. In your opinion, what changes need to be adopted in the GCC landscaping industry to become on a par with the rest of the world? I think that GCC landscaping is very much on par with the rest of the world considering the  environmental difficulties

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urban Landscapes to be overcome. Many projects here are very clever and innovative. However, I personally feel that a greater focus on planting forests, increasing tree plantations and planting density, by the industry, rather than pretty pattern making with paving would make a huge difference to the liveability of the GCC, now and for generations to come. Do you think that the international standards for the landscaping industry are too rigid and unrealistic or can they easily be applied when executing projects? The international standards are the ones used by the landscape industry already in my opinion. There will always be projects that fail to meet standards anywhere in the world. What is the most frustrating aspect of your work and the most rewarding one? That pretty patterns and marketing spiels override the need for true environmental improvement for some clients. The most rewarding is the ability that Landscape Architecture gives you to travel all over the world and see places before they are developed. I have been able to do projects in 26 countries in my career so far. It is wonderful to see designs turn into reality and, in particular – trees growing healthily.

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Who are your major clients and what major projects have you been involved with on their behalf? I have been fortunate enough to work with Heads of State from Asia, the Middle East and China. As well, with major private companies such as  Zaha Hadid, London

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(Unilever Development, Jakarta, Banyan Tree Resorts, Singapore(Phuket, Changmai, Bangkok, Kumagaigumi, Japan, (Instanbul Golf and Country Club), Mirae Assets, Korea, (Versace Waterfront), Tayl Investments, USA(Grand Marriott Hotel, Kabul), ALDAR, UAE (Ansam Golf Residences, Yas Island).


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Where do you see the GCC in 10 years from now with respect to developments and landscaping? The GCC is producing many of the finest developments in the world and there will be many more to come. As the landscapes mature the environmental and overall liveability of the GCC should outpace most other regions.

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As someone who is well established within the industry, what do you see as the main challenges we face in the next 12 months? The world remains unstable and there appears to be a five year financial crisis cycle occurring regularly. We may see that in many parts of the world in the next 12 months. For the Middle East the biggest challenge is resolving human conflicts in the region.

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Finally, please conclude by evaluating Khatib & Alami position in the market and share any relevant information about current projects? Khatib & Alami is a significant company in the market due to its being in the GCC and in 27 countries for more than 50 years. The professional staff numbers over 470. The company has many projects all over the Middle East and provides consultancy services including integrated Architectural, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Project Management and Cost control services to its clients. At present, our clients include ALDAR, Barclays Bank, Volvo, MMUP Qatar, Royal Oman Police, Al Habtoor Group, Gems Education, Silicon Oasis, Dubai Municipality, EMAAR, Dubai Properties, Sorough Developments, Meraas Developments, TECOM Investments. We are also completing the first Chinese residential development in Dubai at Meydan.


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Planting trees and palms in the urban environment can be a challenge for professionals striving to create long-lasting and safe landscapes. Above ground stakes and guy wires affect the design aesthetic and safety in gardens and parks. Platipus invented the first tree anchoring system with no unsightly stakes or guy wires more than 30 years ago, and thanks to continuous innovation the company has developed a range of solutions for all tree planting situations

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Planting with Anchors Rootball fixing is the preferred method for supporting trees and palms underground when there are no buried services. The three or four anchors are driven into the ground to the required depth and then load locked into their working position to an exact and measurable load. The Plati-Mat is then placed on top of the rootball to spread the load and protect the roots, and the wire rope threaded through each anchor point and tightened through the ratchet tensioner. The system naturally degrades to release the roots after three to five years and creates an aesthetically pleasing finish to the landscape. If required stainless steel variants may be used to provide permanent support to trees that are planted in coastal environments with high levels of salinity, or on sites which are constantly exposed to high winds or on-structure applications where root development is restricted by shallow and narrow planting pits.

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environment Urban planting and roof gardens There are situations where standard tree anchors cannot be installed due to buried services, shallow soil and most notably on roof gardens where the water proofing of the planting pit is of paramount importance. The D-MAN is a new solution specifically designed to replace the traditional deadman (kerbstones or wooden sleepers) for these situations. The system is composed of a strong, compact and lightweight cell that has a distinctive letterbox style anchor point providing excellent stability to the tree. Its design incorporates four unique cups that can store valuable water and moisture for tree growth and root development and also allows ample space of effective drainage at the base of the planting pit. In addition the D-MAN cells can be easily connected together and stacked to build up large planting areas, adding structural support and protecting roof gardens from damage. Choosing the correct tree anchoring system • What is the height and circumference of the tree or palm? • What is the size of root area or rootball? • Will the planting pit restrict the growth of the roots? • Are there buried services on site such as electricity or fibre optic cables? • What is the soil type and conditions in the planting pit or planter? Typhoon Testing The Platipus Rootball Fixing System recently anchored a 12m Palm during Typhoon enduring winds up to 117km/h which effected neither the position nor stability of the tree.

Innovative irrigation and aeration system Trees and palms need effective irrigation and aeration and traditional systems often distribute water unequally around the roots, or water flows directly to the bottom of the planting pit. Platipus developed the Piddler tree irrigation and aeration system using a special membrane that delivers water and air evenly and laterally around the roots directly targeting the root zone. This cost effective system is quick to assemble, can be tailored to size and is suitable for all rootball dimensions. Platipus Anchors Group Platipus have been the market leaders in tree anchoring since 1982 working on such prestigious sites as the London Olympics 2012 and Four Freedoms Park, New York. We can provide AutoCAD drawings and design advice to landscape architects and installation demonstrations and training to local contractors.

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As a specialist mechanical earth anchoring manufacturer Platipus also provides slope stabilization and erosion control solutions, buoyancy control to pipelines and anchoring to temporary structures. Quentin Hicks is the Middle East Manager for Platipus Anchors Group. He provides unlimited technical support and guidance including on-site demonstrations and anchor load testing. Tel: +971 55 448 0128 E: quentin@platipus-anchors.ae


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he resort’s launch marks the first step into the Middle East for Alila Hotels & Resorts - the renowned hotel management group operating in India and the Asia Pacific region. One of the most anticipated openings in 2014 in the region, this destination resort will draw guests seeking a  home-away-from-home five-star experience combined with the ultimate location in the dramatic mountainous region of Al Jabal Akhdar in Oman.

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Providing a literal breath of fresh air, dramatic views, supreme access to one of Oman’s most spectacular and undiscovered areas and an epic sense of peace and wellbeing, the Alila Jabal Akhdar is the first resort of its kind in the region and the inaugural Alila property in the Middle East. Alila is delighted to have been chosen to manage such a prestigious and unique hotel in such a breath-taking location. The Jabal Akhdar region is perfect for our first foray into the Middle East. Its combination of interesting natural eco-systems, physical beauty and intriguing history and culture perfectly fit within our  development philosophy, says Mark Edleson. Our operations team looks forward to delivering the true ‘Alila experience’ to guests when we open our doors in the first quarter of 2014.” 

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The partnership with Omran, a prominent operator and asset manager of tourism in Oman, is a significant milestone in Omran’s on-going efforts and commitment to invest and further grow the tourism and travel sector in Oman.  Salim Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion, Oman Ministry of Tourism explains, “We are pleased that Alila Hotels & Resorts has chosen our

country to be the location of its very first luxury resort in the Middle East, the Alila Jabal Akhdar. The upscale resort in the spectacular Jabal Akhdar mountain region definitely  complements the government’s initiative to promote the country’s luxury hospitality segment to the world.  With the resort’s opening, we now expect to see an influx of adventurers, travellers, and nature lovers across the globe, giving inbound and

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local tourism a qualitative additional boost. The social and economic benefits of this new development will be huge, especially for the families residing in nearby communities.” Only a two and a half hour drive from Muscat, Alila Jabal Akhdar is dramatically perched on a mountain side overlooking a stunning gorge with sensational views

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of the Al Hajar Mountains. The property is designed to minimise impact on its environment whilst maximising on the area’s outstanding natural beauty through the incorporation of locally sourced materials and traditional artisanal craftsmanship. The award-winning architectural project employs traditional elements of Omani design and construction techniques combined with a

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contemporary minimalist style and is the perfect blend of nature, heritage, ethnicity and elegance.  Designed to complement the wonders of Mother Nature, the interiors have been inspired by the fragrant pink roses which blanket the mountainside in springtime and all rooms have been decorated with a simple beauty that relies on warm, neutral textures and a reflection of local Omani culture. Each of the resort’s 84 Suites and two Jabal Villas, named Jouz and Rumman after the walnuts and pomegranates found in the region, will reflect a  modern interpretation of Omani tradition and history whilst the cliff-side restaurant, pool, Spa Alila and fitness centre offer chic interiors with integrated elements of nature and a mountain backdrop. A haven for the adventurous, nature lovers and those seeking an escape from the desert heat, guests at the Alila Jabal Akhdar will benefit from specially crafted ‘Alila Experiences’ covering cultural


learning, conscious living, active spirits, culinary arts and couple celebration, encouraging a discovery of the region and connecting guests with ‘surprisingly different’ authentic destination experiences – from private palm-shadowed picnics to sensational star-lit suppers. While outdoor opportunities abound, the Spa Alila is the perfect place to rebalance and rejuvenate.  In keeping with its philosophy of community involvement, Alila Hotels & Resorts will celebrate the opening of Alila Jabal Akhdar

with a “Gift to Share” Program focusing on benefitting the local community. Designed as an introductory privilege for local and GCC residents, guests booking one night’s stay in a Mountain View Suite will receive a complimentary second night in return for a donation to Dar Al Atta’a, a local charitable organization supported by the resort.  This initiative will be the first of its kind in Oman and will reinforce Alila’s commitment in benefitting its host  community. Dar Al

Atta’a is a non-profit voluntary organization that was formed in 2002 and was formally registered as a charity in 2006 with the Ministry of Social Development of the Sultanate of Oman.  The ethereal beauty of the Jabal Akhdar Mountains combined with the unparalleled service and commitment to excellence of the Alila Hotels & Resorts are at the heart of the Alila Jabal Akhdar, revolutionising hospitality in the region and offering an unmatched magical retreat.

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Gebran Tueni Memorial Honour Award Beirut Central District, Beirut, Lebanon | Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture | Client: Solidere (Société Libanaise de Développement et Reconstruction) “ASLA Award recipient Gebran Tueni Memorial by Vladimir Djurovic, (photo by: Matteo Piazza, Lola Claeys Bouuaer)”

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wo decades after the end of the war, Beirut is still in the process of defining itself. Its physical incompleteness is mirrored in its society, in its ongoing struggle to come to terms with its past and contend with the complexity of its present. The painful recent cost of this struggle is visible in a new memorial space introduced into the fabric of the city. Located at the entrance of Beirut’s Central District, under the watchful eyes of the An Nahar building, the Gebran Tueni Memorial is both a tribute to an honourable journalist, as well as an open public space marking the entrance of Beirut’s newly rebuilt Central District. A single linear gesture carved in the ground narrates his beliefs and convictions, and everything that he stood and died for. These engraved potent words, written by Tueni over the years culminate in a 4.9 meter granite monolith bearing his unforgettable oath delivered to the Lebanese people prior to his assassination.

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The memorial is set in a plane of granite bands 15, nine, and 57cm wide, inspired from his birth date, 15 September 1957. The olive tree marking the beginning of the memorial, along with the oak trees and thyme plantings, are all nostalgic Lebanese species hinting at his deep patriotic affinity. Loose pebbles under the olive tree, engraved with his name, are meant to be taken by all visitors, and will be continually replenished by his An Nahar colleagues as an act of constant remembrance. At night, programmed lighting reveals his words and

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DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION TEAM VDLA Team: Vladimir Djurovic, International ASLA Rafi Karakashian Steve EidLighting Consultants Cesar Debbas & Fils Structural Engineer Kamil Hachem

illuminates his memory. The memorial space has become a place evoking the character and the achievements of a man, and in its way, telling a story amongst the stories that are Lebanon.

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Green roofs for public schools in Buenos Aires:

Making the City Greener by Jimena Martignoni

Buenos Aires Green City is one of the strategic plans that the city government in office has been developing over the last two years to foster a more environmentally friendly and conscious city.

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There are several lines of work and implementation, such as energy, sustainable mobility, waste management and environmental quality. Among these plans, “Sustainable Schools” incorporates the use of environmentally friendly technologies and green roofs in the new public elementary schools of the city. The public schools in Argentina are funded by tax revenue and administered by the government; in the city, some of them are funded by the City Government. Among other kinds of plans which promote new cultural buildings and areas, the renovation project for the traditional Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (MAMBA)

also introduces the use of green façades. The City of Buenos Aires, which covers an area of 200 km2 and has a regular population of three million, gained autonomy from the national government in 1996, when it changed its name to Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires. The Metropolitan Area includes another 40 “municipios” (boroughs) covering a total urban area of 2,440 km2, with a total population of almost 13.5 million, and is administered by the Province´s Government. Although the City Government has political and legal force only within the jurisdiction of the autonomous city, it is starting to create connections with the province to deliver a more effective and holistic implementation of any programs

intending to solve the problems that affect cities today. One of the most representative examples is the idea of replicating the Metrobus - the rapid transit system which has been implemented within the city - in the borough of “Vicente Lopez”, situated immediately adjacent to the city´s northern border. In the case that this proves to be as successful as it has been in the city, it could be replicated in other boroughs of the Metropolitan Area, therefore creating a more consistent and integrated public transport network. For now, however, the program Buenos Aires Green City focuses only on plans and projects located within

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urban park the city´s boundaries. Although moving at a slow pace, mainly dependant on budgets and priorities, these projects seem to set precedents in the way that the city´s new requirements have to be met. At the top of the agenda, appears mitigating the heat island effect, a problem that affects Buenos Aires and all large urban concentrations on the planet today. As part of these new strategic perspectives, in December 2012 the city government passed Law 4.428 or the Law of Green Roofs which promotes the use of green roofs in all new constructions or implementation of such technologies and in exchange offers municipal tax breaks. Known by their many particular contributions to the environment -such as the moderation of the urban heat island effect, storm water management, improvement of air quality, noise

reduction, increase of biodiversity, plus the creation of new amenity spaces and learning opportunities the green roofs are implemented in all new constructions funded by the city, whenever that is possible. The green schools or sustainable schools increase the number of public schools in the city providing education opportunities for lowincome social groups and, even more importantly, are designed as low-energy consumption buildings. Planned and built by the Ministry of Urban Development, a division of the City Government, these schools have solar panels (that feed the hot water system) and LED lighting systems; the reduction of energy usage, carbon emissions and electricity costs remain the most important goals. In order to complement the use of green technologies, the new schools incorporate the construction of green roofs. So far, three schools in the city have incorporated the use of green roofs, most of them accessible. In these cases, the intention of the project is also to provide a working example of a sustainable, vegetative roof, where a teacher might bring students for the purpose of experiencing first-hand the roofs environmental benefits, as ancillary to instruction. Two of the schools are located in the Palermo and Belgrano neighbourhoods, in the northern area of the city, and the third is located in Villa Soldati, in the southern area. Since the northern area of the city has been historically more developed and consequently became more prestigious, at the time that the southern area became particularly neglected, all new projects in the last few years attempt to change this stigmatic situation, creating a more balanced map of implementation plans. The green roofs of these new schools are planted with shrubby species such as

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Euryops pectinatus, or golden daisy bush, and those in the sedum family, whose main attribute is their droughttolerance; in these projects, the latter are represented by Echeveria runyonii (topsy turvy), Mesembryanthemum sp (ice plant), Uncaria tomentosa (cat´s claw) and Bulbine caulescens (snake flower). Some of the roofs present intimate spaces with benches and colourful art that, together, generate an inviting ambience. In the school built in the southern district of the city, the project also incorporates an orchard, encouraging the use and practice of urban agriculture as another environmentally friendly action. The courtyards of this school showcase grassed areas and flowering climbing plants which are meant to cover the painted walls to make an even greener and more eye-catching space. Large trees, some planted anew and some transplanted, and clusters of herbaceous plants complete the design of these areas where kids gather and play. These green roofs are the first to be implemented in the city and consequently represent new challenges mainly associated with maintenance. Because these constructions are new alternatives having higher initial costs and more demanding maintenance tasks than other traditional options, they still need some time to be completely accepted. Still, they´ve been successfully received among local people and particular clients such as schools´ staff. It is hoped that all upcoming projects, both public and private, can incorporate the use of green roofs and walls. With a greener city, we´ll live a better life.


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Can you give us a brief description about you & your educational background? I have a Degree in Bachelor of Commerce, Master in Business Management and during my career I utilizes my communication and analytical skills to influence organizational growth and bottom line profitability. Kindly highlight your past experience in the GCC region in the past years? FND have had pleasant experience over the past year. the inflow of walk -in clients is good and some very potential client has made thier way to FND.

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and innovative vases for indoors and outdoors. FND’s scope of work is to Supply & Install different types of Timber Flooring, Art Design Tiles, Outdoor Decking, Timber Wall Mosaic, LED Outdoor Furniture and Innovative vases for indoor & Outdoor. Other than the above, FND also carries out refurbishment of existing timber flooring and sports flooring.

FND have been able to close deals worth more than aed. one million for supply and installation of artistic designer’s parquet flooring in 2 five stars hotels and few aed, hundred, thousand worth of deals for outdoor decking.

How has your business expanded since its inception? We have expanded in many folds through these years. We have grown from one showroom to two. Our 2nd Showroom is an innovation to a new ideas of Concept showroom which is the first of its kind in the region included new product from the Best of the World and made our selves Outstanding in the World of Wooden Flooring.

When did your company first set up business in the Region? FND is a new concept showroom which has recently softly launched in the UAE and has already estab­lished its presence in the market. We have recently bagged two prestigious hotel projects in Dubai. Looking at the market demand, we are sure that this idea will be a success in its field.

What are the main challenges of doing business in the current Middle East market? Since FND has been recenty launced it’s Showroom in Jumeirah Beach Road. It will be too early to arrive at some conclusion. But the prospects are very promising as this is the only Concept Showroom in itself, different from others where the customers will see everything needed to create their dream house.

What is your company’s Main Activities & Services FND specialises in timber flooring, art design tiles, outdoor decking, timber wall mosaic, LED (light emitting diode) lighting, outdoor furniture

How important is it for the regional landscaping industry to adhere to International standards when completing projects? We have the vision to be the market leaders and this can only be achieved by offering new and

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interview innovative design and products that are sustainable and offers improved and best services What are some of the major projects that you have been involved with in the past years? The decent project executed is the Beach Project in JBR, Dubai Marina. The product used in this Project is the WPC Decking which was installed along JBR Beach and has been open for Public. This Project started in the 4th Quarter of Year 2013 and was completed by May 2014. Currently we have signed 02 Restaurant Projects in the Four Seasons Jumeirah. The scope of work for this project are Wood Design Tiles with unique style made in Italy. This product is very new and different from others due to its innovation ideas and handwork to produce such Design. This Project will start by September and will last for two months. Please outline your company’s plans for the future including new products and developments? FND has plans for expansion to other states of UAE so can reach more & more Customers to provide with this new Concept Showroom ideas. FND is always looking ahead to add up new innovative special design & colours of vases for plants which can be displayed indoor & outdoor. This range of vases can be used for Residential & Commercial purposes like

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Hotel, Lobbies, Malls, Parks and so on. These vases are produced with raw materials like PP, AB, JM 365 and Masterbaten. They also have a unique way of watering the plants in the inbuild filter system. What special memories and incidents would you like to share with landscape magazine reader? The most memorable thing was the opening of FND – theme villa showroom. It was like dream come true to see visitors queuing up to see the best of displays in internal parquets, outdoor decking, furniture for external use, timber wall mosaic and innovative vases. How do you per see the future opportunities related to the landscape & irrigation business in the coming years? With 2020 around the corner and Economical Condition improving Globally, there is boom in the local market. New projects are under way and competition too have become healthy, hence it’s a very vibrant atmosphere for Business. Floors & Decks Villa 300, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai-UAE Tel: +9714 3435 148 Fax: +9714 3435149 Email: info@floorsndecks.com Web: www.floorsndecks.com


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Books of interest Sloping Landscaping ISBN: 9789810792312 PUBLICATION DATE: 01/04/2014 HARDCOVER: 300 pages

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Sloping terrain is commonly around us with sloping landscape design being used widely in various conditions and surroundings. Sloping

TITLE: Garden Design Close up ISBN: 9780500517512 PUBLICATION DATE: 08/09/ 2014 HARDCOVER: 432 pages

BOOK DESCRIPTION: From modernist to Mediterranean, and from jungle to Japanese, Garden Design Close Up is a font of inspiration for those looking to give their garden a contemporary makeover. Focusing on 100 real gardens of diverse types around the globe, the book provides in-depth information about

TITLE: The BIG Book of the Hamptons ISBN: 9781614282273 PUBLICATION DATE: 06/17/2014 HARDCOVER: 300 pages

BOOK DESCRIPTION: The Hamptons have long been a haven for the world’s elite. Its breathtaking vistas inspired Walt Whitman and Winslow Homer; its social forebears include Gerald and Sara Murphy entertaining

landscape can be applied in an urban square being built on a slope, paths being paved in a park which contains rugged topography, a resort at the foot of the hill, residence or a garden appearing on the mountain side, etc. Through showcasing sketches and high resolution images with text descriptions, this books presents the latest and most creative sloping landscape design around the world.

contemporary styles. The featured selections are designed by leading lights of British landscaping, such as Christopher Bradley-Hole, Anthony Paul and Dan Pearson, alongside internationally recognized names like Luciano Giubbilei, Paolo Pejrone, Robert Irwin and Martha Schwartz. This illustration- led compendium will delight even armchair gardeners those who prefer to admire gorgeous gardens rather than get their green fingers dirty but it is equally well-suited to those looking for ideas for their outside spaces. Serious gardeners will find within its pages a tremendously detailed resource, with plenty of helpful, practical advice

Léger and Fitzgerald; Kurt Vonnegut, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol all found inspiration on America’s Riviera. Spectacular estates from the Gilded Age rival the sprawling mansions of the bold-faced names attracted to this beachfront strip on Long Island each summer. The Big Book of the Hamptons celebrates the mystique and romance of these iconic and extravagant neighborhoods, exploring the architecture and gardens of these secluded retreats, brought to life with amazing imagery in a deluxe volume.

With its headquarter in Tokyo, Japan and world class stores spread over countries like America, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Taiwan and now in DUBAI – UAE, Kinokuniya is a globally known book seller of repute. The store in Dubai Mall is a massive 68,000 square feet wide paragon book gallery which stocks more than half a million books and thousand magazines in English, Arabic, Japanese, French, German and Chinese at any given time. The Store is also a distinct cross cultural hub wide range of time to time multicultural events such a comic art demonstrations, language learning workshops, book launches etc. The pleasant ambiance, stenographic design and add to it the impressive view of modern skyline – world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, Kinokuniya at The Dubai Mall is just the place to evoke emotions and add pleasure to your book shopping. You may like to visit our website for more information. www.kinokuniya.com

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Construction Projects Project Name

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Country

Consultant

Contractor

Budget (USD)

Status

Doha JW Marriott Hotel Project

Construction of Doha JW Marriott Hotel with 51-storey and three basement levels.

Marriott International (Qatar)

Qatar

MZ & Partners (Qatar)

N/A

130000000

New Project

Stadiums Construction Project

Construction of (11) stadiums, with each having capacity of 45,000 people.

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Saudi Arabia

N/A

N/A

N/A

New Project

Villa Community Construction Project - Nad Al Sheba

Construction of 1,000 high end villas.

Nakheel PJSC (Dubai)

UAE

Arif & Bintoak Consulting Architects & Engineers (Dubai)

N/A

685000000

New Project

Dubai Festival City Mall Project

Construction of a shopping mall with 34,000 square meters of retail space.

Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate (Dubai)

UAE

N/A

N/A

30000000

New Project

Cancer Treatment Center Project - King Hamad University Hospital

Construction of a Cancer Treatment Center at a Hospital comprising (120) beds.

King Hamad University Hospital (Bahrain)

Bahrain

Mazen Alumran Consulting Engineers MACE (Bahrain)

G P Zachariades Overseas Ltd. (Bahrain)

85000000

Current Project

Madinat Al-Fahaheel Project - Phase 2

Development of a large mixed-use waterfront scheme comprising a five-star hotel, a conference and event hall, shopping centers, international entertainment venues, etc.

Tamdeen Real Estate Company (Kuwait)

Kuwait

N/A

Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading Company (Kuwait)

210000000

Current Project

Soho Residential Towers Project - Al Reem Island

Construction of Soho Residential Towers.

Aabar Properties L.L.C (Abu Dhabi)

UAE

Mimar Engineering Consultants LLC (Abu Dhabi)

Arabtec Construction L.L.C (Abu Dhabi)

85000000

Current Project

Accor Hotel Complex Project

Construction of a hotel complex comprising two basement levels, a ground floor, a mezzanine floor and six additional floors.

Accor Group (Dubai)

Qatar

Alonso Hernandez & Asociados (Qatar)

Al Bandary Group (Qatar)

25000000

Current Project

Hotel Project - Saraya Bandar Jissah Complex

Construction of a five-star hotel comprising (206) rooms.

Saraya Bandar Jissah (Oman)

Oman

Atkins International (UK)

Leighton Middle East L.L.C (Oman)

78000000

Current Project

Museum of the Built Environment Project - King Abdullah Financial District

Construction of a Museum comprising permanent and temporary galleries, a 150-seat auditorium and a destination restaurant and terrace.

Rayadah Investment Company (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabia

Hill International Middle East Ltd. (Saudi Arabia)

N/A

134000000

New Project

Road Upgrade Project Salalah City

Carrying out dualization of a stretch of road from a roundabout to a port.

Ministry of Transport & Communications (Oman)

Oman

N/A

N/A

N/A

New Project

Umm Lafina Bridge Construction Project Contract 1

Construction of three bridges.

Department of Transport (Abu Dhabi)

UAE

Aurecon Pty Ltd. (Abu Dhabi)

N/A

N/A

New Project

Al-Qudra Road Expansion Project

Carrying out expansion of a road involving 24 kilometres of widening works.

Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) – Dubai

UAE

Parsons International Ltd. (Dubai)

Dutco Balfour Beatty Group L.L.C (Dubai)

20000000

Current Project

Akoya Park Project – Dubailand

Construction of 4.3 million square feet of open parkland, a man-made beach and luxury villas.

Damac Properties (Dubai)

UAE

Naga Architects, Designers & Planners (Dubai)

N/A

6000000000

New Project

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