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News Shed The latest industry news from across the Gulf region

PORTFOLIOS 20 Staying cool by the pool

TerraVerde transforms the gardens of a luxury villa at Hatton in Arabian Ranches into a pool-side paradise complete with gazebo, outdoor kitchen and pool table

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Let there be light TerraVerde’s Chris Parker says good, effective lighting should be high on the agenda when it comes to garden design

Irrigation isn’t always the answer Mark Laurence says that in light of shifting climates, the goal has to be minimal water use

The business of mobile marketing InTarget Group CMO Mike Laws offers tips on exploiting the many mobile marketing opportunities available

INTERVIEW 15 Ahmed Bukhash

The chief architect and founder of Archidentity talks trends, sustainability and what the future holds for the industry

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Aralia Landscape Design created an award-winning office rooftop concept garden at RHS Chelsea

PRODUCTS 31 Latest Products

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NEWS SHED Al Sharq launches luxury project at Palm Jumeirah Saudi-based Al Sharq Investment has announced plans to develop a major luxury residential project, The Alef Residences, on a 46,840m2 area of land at Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. The Alef Residences will be serviced by W Dubai – The Palm, a resort and residential complex which will feature a spa, swimming pools and other water features. The project is a joint venture between Al Sharq Group and Qatar’s Almana Global. An Al Sharq spokesman said: “The pinnacle is reserved for two ultra-luxurious single penthouses and three duplex penthouses. “The project has been uniquely tailored to cater for a diverse range of cultures, with the top two floors just shell and core so owners can take advantage of world-class interior designer partners to customise their apartments to their individual sense of style.” He added that the residences were surrounded by a tropical landscaped garden and a 475m white sandy beach – the largest private residential beachfront location in Dubai. He added: “The beachfront promenade will become a haven

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for relaxation and recreation, with private cabanas and a range of water sports. The residences will also boast an exclusive private members’ club, the Club 104, which will be available to residents and select VIPs to unwind, socialise and dine. “In addition, residents will have VIP access to the W, its 24/7 concierge service and amenities.” www.tradearabia.com

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37 million flowers keep Dubai looking beautiful Dubai is set to bloom with more than 37 million flowers after Dubai Municipality’s efforts to beautify the city’s highways and byways. Mohammad Abdul Rahman Al Awadhi, head of the agriculture section at the Public Parks and Horticulture Department at Dubai Municipality, said more than 1,700 workers were responsible for the planting and maintenance of flowers during the year. He said: “We are now in the first season of planting, and the most common type of flowers you will see in the city are petunias. “Our gardeners are now replacing the older ones, as well

as planting in new areas too.” Flowers and trees are planted, watered and checked for bugs at four municipal nurseries, before the greenery is distributed to eight of the city’s parks, in addition to roundabouts, streets and across road dividers. Al Awadhi said: “All the flowers and trees are grown right here in our nurseries, and they are either native to this country or their seeds were imported.” He pointed out that nearly 27 million seedlings were planted around buildings and junctions, as well as more than 750,000 seedlings for patching works. gulfnews.com

Communities In Bloom International Challenge The call has gone out for entries to the Communities In Bloom International Challenge, which involves municipalities that wish to showcase their achievements in providing green spaces. Over the years, participants have included communities from across the globe as they compete based on population categories. Canadian not-for-profit organisation Communities In Bloom said that entrants were evaluated by an international jury on the accomplishments of their entire community (municipality, institutions, businesses and

citizens). It added that the evaluation, which normally takes place in June or July, is based on the following criteria: • Tidiness • Environmental action • Heritage conservation • Urban forestry • Landscaped areas • Floral displays The awards will be presented in Regina, Saskatchewan, from October 26 to 29, 2016. International finalists will be provided with promotional opportunities during the event. www.communitiesinbloom.ca

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Registration opens for next year’s Outdoor Design & Build Show Registration is now open for the largest construction industry event in the Middle East – the Outdoor Design & Build Show. The 2016 event, which takes place from 4 to 6 April at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is a wellestablished trade show for professionals specialising in urban development and infrastructure. In 2015, the show had more than 80 exhibitors and 4,000 attendees, a 22% growth on the previous year. With a focus on design, build and construction of all private and public spaces, including parks,

urban areas, government and healthcare projects and major residential housing, the show attracts thousands of key decision makers, city planners, investors, architects and developers. The event has become an ideal exhibition for suppliers looking to

break into the Middle East and Africa region. Exhibitors showcase products from all key sectors of the industry, including landscaping, outdoor design and build, infrastructure and urban development, facility management, water technology, and management. The show is attended by business professionals involved in the planning and execution of high-budget projects and this year the exhibition includes the Future Landscape 2016 Conference and the Urban Space 2016 Seminar. www.theoutdoorshow.ae

Kamelia Bin Zaal moves to make her mark on Zaya Nurai Island landscape There are changes afoot on Abu Dhabi’s Nurai Island, which is home to Zaya Nurai Island, a boutique luxury development consisting of a hotel and 23 private homes. Nadia Zaal, co-founder and chief executive of Zaya Retreats, has recently put the island’s

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landscaping and planting in the hands of her sister, Kamelia Bin Zaal, best known for becoming the first Emirati to exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year. Kamelia has been charged with enhancing the existing landscape design of Nurai by

introducing new plant species and improving the skills of the in-house landscaping team responsible for its care and maintenance. Kamelia has been revamping the island’s planting scheme in phases, with an initial focus on public areas. She said: “Basically, we are working in stages now. Our priority was the welcome centre, reception, deli area, Frangipani Restaurant & Bar and the pool area. What I’ve also done is concentrate on one of the existing resort villas to show how I want it to be changed. “We are waiting now for a delivery of plants so I can get in there and complete one. I’m doing it stage by stage.” wwww.thenational.ae

SSH wins Kuwait sewage treatment plant contract

SSH, an infrastructure, building design and project management company based in the Middle East, said it had been awarded the contract to design a sewage treatment plant for a waterside residential development in Kuwait. The Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City is a 6.4 million m2 waterside residential project being developed by La’ala Al-Kuwait Real Estate Company. SSH will undertake concept, preliminary and detailed design of the plan for the treatment plant. The Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City project began in 2002 and is expected to accommodate about 100,000 people once the works are complete. SSH said the sewage treatment plant would have a capacity of 45,000m3 a day and utilise state of the art SBR (sequencing batch reactor) technology. The plant will also use UV and chlorine disinfection systems to treat raw sewage so that the resulting product is clean enough to be pumped back into irrigation networks for use in landscaping. www.tradearabia.com

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Fourth Middle East Smart Landscape Summit scheduled for Dubai in April The fourth Middle East Smart Landscape Summit will be held on 25-26 April at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, global conference organisers Expotrade have announced. The summit will play host to experts from across the globe, who will convene to discuss the latest developments in the landscape industry and measures to further improve sustainable landscape practices in the UAE. This year’s edition of the summit, held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, will offer a

platform for more than 400 attendees, including senior-level landscape architects, government authorities, urban planners, developers, environmental specialists, and contractors from across the GCC. They will be able to engage in intensive discussions on the best practices and embrace new perspectives on the trends and challenges the industry faces. Brad Hariharan, regional director of Expotrade Middle East, said: “Our Middle East Smart Landscape Summit has become one of the most popular events in the region,

attracting the attention of experts from across the globe. The UAE has been at the forefront of developing initiatives for smart landscape planning. Our summit addresses the key themes integral to delivering sustainable development.” The 2016 conference agenda will cover such broad topics as Dubai Municipality’s innovations in landscaping; innovations in design and sustainability; artificial turf; smart irrigation techniques; urban planning in arid environments; and native plant landscaping. www.landscapesummit.com

Riyadh master plan gathers momentum A far-reaching master plan 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 Al Saud, has said. In an exclusive interview with global publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group, Prince Faisal said the drafted Strategic and

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Comprehensive Master Plan of Riyadh had economic development and sustainable growth at its core. Both, he said, 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 programmes.” Projects will be rolled out

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through a raft of strategic programmes under the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), the government agency responsible for the socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental development of the city. The plan, Prince Faisal added, included the rehabilitation of Wadi Hanifah, Silay Valley and Al Ha’ir Lakes. He said: “It also calls for the construction of 100 municipal parks throughout the city and the development of plazas and pedestrian walkways to create open spaces for the citizenry to enjoy.” Prince Faisal, who is also chairman of the ADA, said the broad range of projects already under way across Riyadh included commercial and social initiatives, alongside ambitious transport infrastructure upgrades that would “change the city”. www.albawaba.com

Manama’s move to ban new parks

A ban on new public parks and gardens has been imposed throughout Manama. However, many of the existing family recreation facilities in Bahrain’s capital will be developed so that they include new or upgraded walkways, sports pitches and indoor sports courts. The decision was taken by the Capital Trustees Board, which said the move would prevent millions of dinars being wasted on unnecessary projects. The board also wants the private sector to get involved by investing in new leisure facilities, instead of the government having to shoulder the financial burden. The decision was taken as Bahrain looks to rein in its public spending because of the currently low oil prices, which have prompted significant government cuts. Board chairman Mohammed Al Khozaae said: “We have around 10 public parks and gardens all located less than 3km away from each other.” The Capital Trustees Board ordered the Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry to halt all work on any ongoing plans for new public parks or gardens in Manama. www.gdnonline.com

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he desert INK team moved across to its new offices at D3 this month, and we are already starting to realise the benefits of being located in this burgeoning new creative community. There has been a lot of buzz around TECOM Group’s latest business park of course, but what’s it all about? The principle behind D3 (Dubai Design District, D+D+D = D3, get it?) is to offer first-class lodgings to house the region’s design agencies and creative industries. The first phase of D3 consists of 10 office buildings linked by a series of pedestrianised streets and courts furnished with occasional street furniture and clusters of trees. It’s not just about office space of course, and the real value of this development is not physical. D3 is set on promoting opportunities for the cross-fertilisation of ideas, interdisciplinary collaborations, and hosting design events for the region.

FRESH SOURCES OF INSPIRATION ARE ALREADY INFLUENCING OUR DESIGNS We’ve already seen a number of such events take place at D3, and it all seems to be working brilliantly. Dubai Design Week was hosted by D3 in October with great success, and already two other events have taken place at the campus since. So, you may ask, how exactly does all this benefit the landscape community? Again, the benefit is not a physical one; D3’s streets and courts are somewhat underwhelming for a design hub, with unbroken grey granite and concrete permeating every corner. What these landscape spaces do cater for brilliantly, however, is flexibility. The open plazas are populated by new installations almost on a

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NEW HOME Duncan Denley highlights how his team’s move to the new D3 creative hub in Dubai is inspiring and influencing desert INK’s work weekly basis. A car launch one week, a sculpture installation the next. This constant exposure to new ideas, new thinking and new materials is a serious hit with desert INK, and these fresh sources of inspiration are already influencing our design work. The community is building and networks are being forged. We’ve already had some ‘drop ins’ visit our office. Future collaborations are being planned and contacts shared, while clients are being introduced to other creative professionals. Several of our clients will join us at D3 in the coming months, leading to closer collaboration. All this cross-fertilisation prevents isolation in the landscape industry, enabling us to form part of a much wider creative community making waves around the world. A great example of this was the blank canvas presented by our new office space. Rather than hiring an interior designer, we seized the opportunity to test our belief that a talented designer can turn their hand to any form of design. With a limited budget but unlimited creativity, our team set about the interior design of our new space as we would a landscape. We worked with materials familiar to us, such as wood, plants, concrete and light. The end result is as distinctive as our landscapes and perfectly fits with the D3 vibe of experimentation and boundary-breaking. So here’s to D3 and the amazing opportunities it presents. Something tells me we will be hearing a lot more about this place in the coming years.

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ABOUT DESERT INK Known for its amazing landscape designs, desert INK is a registered design consultancy based in the Dubai Design District. With 13 years of experience in the region, managing director Duncan Denley leads a creative team backed by the 27 years of experience held in the Desert Group and vision of CEO Michael Mascarenhas. www.desert-INK.com www.desertgroup.ae

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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

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ne 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 due to the frequency of their use and it is because of this, that lighting is often wrongfully neglected when it comes to investing time, attention and budget. Looking at it from a different perspective however, you soon realize the significance of effective lighting and the impact it has on the design. Lighting isn’t only applied so that you can see in the dark (though if there was ever a reason use something, that would be it). Aesthetically it can improve your garden substantially. Good quality lighting installations are incredible to look at and give that ‘wow’

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factor everyone craves when revamping any part of their home and garden. A good lighting solution means your enjoyment of your garden isn’t limited to when the sun is shining – you can enjoy your garden 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Quality lighting transforms your garden so radically that with the contrasting looks between the daytime and the evening, it feels like you have two gardens. There is so much choice when it comes to styles, shapes and sizes, it’s hard to choose what’s right for you and your project. It differs depending on the specification (i.e. style, scale and location), highlighting why it’s beneficial to use a professional landscaping company like TerraVerde. Today LED lighting is the number one lighting choice for designers and electrical engineers alike. They’re a safe option and use just 12W as opposed to 220W, making them the more energy efficient lighting choice. Fiber optic lighting, an underused technology, is becoming increasingly popular within the UAE. Its cabling system allows more creative freedom with lighting design, as opposed to installing a standard marker light. Interestingly, TerraVerde is currently trialling Smart Lighting. This allows clients to adjust and alter the colour, intensity and direction of their lighting using a mobile application on a smartphone. The popularity of home automation as a whole is increasing and as it becomes more accessible and affordable, this trend will no doubt continue into the future. Soon it may well be the norm to have more bespoke lighting that can modify the landscape with the touch of a button, adjusting the light setting to suit your mood or the occasion.

ABOUT CHRIS PARKER Chris Parker is a marketing and sales executive at TerraVerde, which is based in Jumeirah, Dubai. Chris achieved his BA (Hons) degree in business and marketing at Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, UK. He has been described as “a natural marketeer with a strong creative side” and possessing “a natural talent for establishing strong relationships with clients”. www.terraverde.ae

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THE ANSWER Landscaper and arborist Mark Laurence says that in light of shifting climates, the goal has to be minimal water use

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rrigation 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 when mixing native with exotic species. You will spot Ghaf (Prosopis cineraria) and Sidr (Ziziphus spina-christi) growing wild without irrigation, but imported exotics need a

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regular supply of water. I have seen Ghaf trees blown over in roadside plantings caused, I suspect, by shallow root development encouraged by excessive surface irrigation. Even exotics such as the flame tree (Delonix regia) tend to be over-watered, causing a reduction in flowering and a susceptibility to bacterial wetwood.

MANY IRRIGATION METHODS WASTE WATER AND SOMETIMES DAMAGE THE TREES THEMSELVES How the water is applied is just as important. Pop-up sprinklers in lawns can damage the trunks of trees, causing aerial rooting in species such as palm or fig, discolouring bark or causing stress-induced rots to occur. Drip irrigation is better but still not ideal, as it applies water at the surface and still encourages shallow rooting. In the UK, we are used to putting a subterranean irrigation ring around trees, which gets water to the roots at a deeper level. For watering established trees, perforated tubes can be used, inserted vertically throughout the root zone, with the trees either manually watered or connected to standard irrigation systems. Supplying water at a slightly deeper level means less water is used. A word of warning, though. Most feeding roots occur in the top 300 to 500mm of soil, so watering too deeply can also be wasteful. In coastal cities, problems can arise from a naturally high-level, saline water table. Halophytes (salt tolerant plants) have evolved to cope with this but for some imported

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species, salinity can be a problem. You also have to be aware of the quality of the irrigation water itself which, if drawn from the ground, may have a high saline content. Get your water supply tested if you are unsure. Ultimately, I believe that planting styles and expectations of “landscape” must change. A more natural style, with more xeriscaping (landscaping that reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation) and use of natives or other arid-loving plants from different parts of the world (but from similar conditions), will emerge. Building plant communities that function and thrive in place without much human care or maintenance is more important, in my view, than using strictly native species. As climate zones shift rapidly around the world, nature cannot keep up and it will be down to us in the industry to create landscapes that sit well in their altered environments, whether native or not. I believe we can do this with considerably less use of irrigation. The water we do use should be grey water (from taps and sinks), which is a much better way to conserve processed water use. The goal has to be minimal water use, natural, ecologically benign planting, and urban environments which feed our need to connect to nature. ABOUT MARK LAURENCE Mark Laurence has had 35 years working in the landscape industry as an aquatic landscaper, arborist, landscape designer and living wall specialist. He designs and consults in the Middle East and UK. Consultancy: www.marklaurence.com Living walls: www.vertology.uk.com

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THE BUSINESS OF MOBILE MARKETING Mike Laws, Group CMO of InTarget, says the ‘Please Call Me’ service can help you exploit the awesome mobile marketing opportunities that exist out there Conventional wisdom has it that Africa is a continent of feature phone users. A feature phone is a mobile phone on which you can surf the internet and store and play music, but it lacks the advanced functionality and support for third-party software of smartphones. TechCentral has reported that by 2019, only 27% of cellphones sold in Africa will be feature phones. The vast majority will be smartphones, with 155 million being shipped next year alone. According to research by International Data Corporation, feature phone sales are declining by 20% every year. Statistics like these are relevant to mobile marketing because industry commentators often use them to signal the death knell of ̒ basic’ mobile marketing campaign tools such as SMS and USSD (standard GSM technology supported by all GSM handsets that is session-based and supports longer message content than texts). This is wrong, however. Just because USSD and SMS are the mobile marketing tools those with feature phones use most, doesn’t mean smartphone users don’t also use text messaging and menu-driven USSD. SMS and USSD have, in fact, become growing mobile marketing bearers in their own right. Just because a smartphone user has downloaded an over-the-top (OTT) messaging app (where third parties provide instant messaging services as an alternative to text messaging services provided by a mobile network operator) such as WhatsApp, it doesn’t mean they don’t regularly send and receive SMSs to and from people and organisations they don’t wish to add to their OTT app. www.prolandscaper.ae

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Here are a few tips you should bear in mind Thanks to the growing popularity of the most successful USSD application ever – Please Call Me – this technology will continue to prove one of the most effective and measurable ways for brands to reach mobile users, in 2019 and beyond. InTarget continues to partner with some of South Africa and the continent’s leading brands when it comes to exploiting the awesome mobile marketing opportunities offered by the Please Call Me service. InTarget’s established relationships means it is able to commercialise this service, which is highly valued by literally tens of millions of prepaid cellular users. This is achieved by adding text tags to the end of ̒Please Call Me messages for a specified time. Just as in SMS-based mobile advertising, there is a certain art in composing or structuring text tags that get your message across in the most effective way.

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Don’t devalue the services you offer by reducing words to ‘SMS speak’ in an effort to save yourself space. Using SMS abbreviations such as “thnx” instead of “thank you” might be fine in a casual text conversation with your friends, but consumers expect the companies they interact with to uphold certain standards.

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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 as part of the project? At this stage we are only focusing on our core background, which is architecture, but we recently started developing concept designs for interior and landscaping. However, it is purely on a conceptual level and we then approach the market to get professionals to submit their design and build scope. Is that a practice many are doing in Dubai? It depends on the company’s philosophy. There are those that only work on a couple of projects a year. Their fees are much higher and they take full turnkey solutions, from landscaping to interior design and architecture. That is one methodology to take. The other is where the majority of the market is based on everybody having their own specialisation. So basically we start with the architecture and approach the specialised people in the landscaping field in terms of design and build. The common practice is for people to break down into specialities but there are a few companies which do the full scope because sometimes people get discouraged by the large bulk of fees up front. How do you select your landscapers when it comes that situation? Most of the time the interior design is outsourced and, under that umbrella, they already offer a landscaping package, although they are two separate specialisations. It seems the market has developed in a way that means interior designers are also asked to do landscaping. How many people do you employ? We have seven staff – we are considered a boutique office. We work on high-end residential properties and focus heavily on the details. Most of the time we also focus on a developer mentality because my own background is from

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a developer history. I worked as a developer for seven years so we understand that our clients want high quality in the shortest time as well as an all-round design solution. Developers prefer not to go to separate parties and through the awarding work process – it takes a lot of time and they are always under time constraints. We have developed a strong network of people who we connect with and we plan to provide those services in-house – but that’s in the long-run. In terms of managing the budgets and costs for all that, once a landscaper is given the work do you manage the processes? Yes. Again, if you go with the theory of doing everything as per a company’s own specialisation, each sub-contractor has their own budget to work with. Some clients are very flexible, they tell us they want the best design and take it step by step. Some people are wealthy but still say there is a certain budget they should not pass. As architects, we check and double check those in a general way, but the final responsibility lies with the people who are in that field itself, for example the landscaper. What is the trend in Dubai at the moment? Villas with gardens? Rooftop gardens? There are lots of trends which I don’t expect to be long-lasting. Then there is a trend of rather than having a building and landscaping around it, bringing that landscaping within the building instead. Clients are very particular about the quality of space outdoors so they are ready to spend additionally on that. However, from our experience landscaping at this stage is mostly an afterthought. The priority is always for clients to complete the building then think about how to carry out the landscaping. We are different in the respect that we deliver it all together. Even in our first villas we took into consideration the difference in ground levels as this makes a big difference. I think the general trend is that the residential market is catching up with the commercial projects. A lot of companies now focus on urban design too. How much does sustainability influence what you do? The authorities are enforcing the fact that we

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have to go with the green roof systems and, if we install irrigation systems, that the water is recycled. I think the government is heading into a tough direction in terms of enforcing those. As consultants, we are getting regular comments prior to approval of a scheme in terms of accommodating those systems. I think it’s very important to incorporate those things but, at the same time, it’s important to ensure it is not just superficial. Often, people install green roofs but they are more plastic than real. We also have to make sure the contractors are up to the level where they can provide adequate spaces and prevent any water leakage, for example. Sometimes the speed of construction overtakes the quality and sometimes, when it rains only twice a year, we get a lot of problems with leaks and rain coming through the ceiling. How do you go about specifying products? Mostly through site visits. The well-executed projects become very popular and then we ask who the consultants and contractors are and try to get that same formula into our projects. Another way is to attend events such as the Outdoor Design and Build Show, where you get to know companies from all over the world which are new to the market.

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For us, we mostly award projects on simple site visits, looking at signboards and so forth. It is not really what is in the brochures and websites, it’s about what you have done on site. That’s where your brand is created. Are things in place to maintain projects that have been completed? They say the cash cow is for the people who maintain the schemes, although some projects aren’t easy to maintain. I think people recognise that and there are many companies involved in regular maintenance. I think that’s a strong market and your reputation and brand is built on quality of service. Ahmed Bukhash, centre, with the Archidentity team

When you are designing and building a project, do you think about the maintenance costs? The design and build approach is a risky one. Sometimes architects over-depend on the contractor and so they omit a lot of details. Basically, you can say they are taking the headache away from themselves and dumping it on other people. That reflects negatively on the project later on if it’s not dealt with or controlled properly. Are most of your clients Emirati? We have Indian nationals, Emiratis and that’s basically it. What do you think will happen to the market in the next two or three years? I think it’s positive. I think most of the local concern is over the political situation going on around us. Other than that, in terms of the UAE perception it’s only going up towards 2020 and, from then on, I’m sure there will be a new strategy from the government in terms of how to maintain such speed of construction and the reputation of those companies involved. That will also come in government initiatives and future development strategies. ABOUT ARCHIDENTITY

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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

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he 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 feel similar to the Maldives. The surrounding exterior space had to be clearly differentiated from the villa’s interior, not only for an aesthetically beautiful view when looking outside but also to give a sense of escapism when people enter the garden. From the entrance to the rear garden, the villa’s ‘journey’ begins with an electronically activated gate which opens on to a beige, travertine-tiled pathway leading to the main door and a welcoming Greek-style water feature. The pathway runs throughout the outdoor area and leads from the entrance to the side garden, which is festooned with exotic plants, flowers and ground covers. Soft seating and an Arabic-patterned feature wall in the centre of the

garden make for a perfect resting point. As you turn the corner into the main outside area, you encounter another seated section surrounded by green plantation and sculpture. A thatched gazebo sits at the opposite end, equipped with a bar, outdoor kitchen, pool table, fixed seating, projector screen and ceiling fans. A decked area lies next to this, on the corner of the large swimming pool, with sun loungers and another tranquil water feature to act as a backdrop. A courtyard is subtly hidden away in the rear of the garden, filled with palm trees, grass verges, stepping-stone tiles, pebbles and shrubs, interlinked with symmetrical pathways. TerraVerde’s landscaping and construction designs all went to plan. However, to provide the villa’s residents with privacy and shading and to give the courtyard section an impressive ‘wow factor’, the company planted six large Washingtonia robusta palm trees. Installing the trees required great technical precision, as planting six trees so close together meant the allocated space needed to be measured in terms of millimetres, otherwise growth and stability would be unsuccessful. The large swimming pool is the focal point of the project, spreading across the back garden

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ABOUT TERRAVERDE TerraVerde has a region-wide reputation for creating exceptional, award-winning landscapes and gardens for the commercial and domestic sectors. Its philosophy of ‘enhancing the environment and sustainability’ has helped TerraVerde become a leader in its field. Now providing interior design, its solutions are the result of inspired design and excellent project management. www.terraverde.ae

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white pebbles connected to the garden’s walkways. The concrete paving used in the project was thick and durable enough to withstand the pressure of regular use by a car. For the walkways, the concrete tiles used were thinner and more eye-catching and grey concrete interlock was used for the 2m retreat which must be used around all public walkways to concur with a law brought in this year. An olive tree was raised with a stone border to create a focal point in the garden and to highlight the fountain behind it. A total of 25 palm trees were already on site and Alargan had to arrange and relocate some of the healthy ones. The company planted three new palm trees on the side area facing the dining room’s tall, glass façade. Six more palm trees were used to flank the driveway, three on each side. The condition of the site and the client’s brief called for plants that were hardy and could tolerate the full glare of the sun and Kuwait’s hot, dry weather. Alargan decided to use rounded and sword-shaped foliage to add interest to the front yard. 7

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Alargan Landscaping Company has been delivering and maintaining premium landscape and contracting services in Kuwait since 1995. The company’s landscaping team offers landscape creations with efficient designs and consultancy services for both private and public sectors. Alargan Landscaping Company is able to undertake complete design and build projects, delivering turnkey solutions from initial design through to completion. ARGAN Business Park, Free Trade Zone, Shuwaikh (Block F25 - F41), Kuwait Tel: (965) 2226 3222 Email: info@alargan.com www.alargan.com

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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

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Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow DESIGNER Patricia Fox, Aralia Garden Design SPONSORS RBS in association with Walworth Garden Farm AWARD RHS Silver medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show SIZE 10m x 20m

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to this garden, which doesn’t stop with the planting as a stunning ‘herb wall’ was included, where users can pick their own herbs to make some revitalising herbal tea. The wall also features a vertical Buxus Parterre. The modern ‘Cube’ building provides weatherproof office space within the garden and features a green roof that offers biodiversity by attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. Calm and understated planting was used to create a textural, structured, yet beautifully delicate space. The colour scheme is a mix of green and silver-blue foliage, with simple white flowering plants such as Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium), Rocket Candytuft (Iberis Amara) and White Campion (Silene Latifolia). The main focal plant was a stunning Pleached Field Maple (Acer Campestre) to give some stature to the garden. A West Himalayan Birch (Betula Pendula) was selected for its ashy bark, which complemented the white flora throughout the garden. A Norway Maple (Acer Globosum) was included to provide a natural ‘umbrella’ for the floating workstation and render subtle shade under which staff would be able to relax with a laptop or tablet. Buxus cubes, Thymus balls and Buxus hedging provided the necessary structure to the garden, mimicking the ‘rounded square’ tablet-inspired shape used consistently throughout the garden’s design. For visitors to the RHS Chelsea show, Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow proved memorable, inspiring and thought-provoking.

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Aralia Garden Design is a professional, versatile, down to earth design and build practice, which provides high-quality outdoor spaces that are innovative, yet functional. Established in 2004 by Patricia Fox, Aralia’s extensive portfolio ranges from contemporary to traditional and from small suburban gardens to large country estates. The company, which is based in Hertfordshire and works in the UK and abroad, understands its clients needs are paramount to good design. Patricia combines breathtaking dramatic landscapes with strong spatial design and harmonious textures and colours. www.aralia.org.uk

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The Vision range from TigerTurf is designed to replicate a lush lawn all year round. Renowned for its prominent shades, Vision provides a number of options to meet the needs of every user. TigerTurf said Vision Plus Deluxe is “one of the most realisticlooking synthetic turfs on the market, with a premium density for the ultimate luxury look and feel”. Vision Plus, the company added, is a vibrant surface that offers thick, soft and healthy looking grass. TigerTurf’s Vision Lite variant is a short turf for light use, resembling an “expertly manicured lawn”.

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The classic Fontana Gusto Wood Oven has evolved over the years to become one of Gulf Leisure’s best-selling products. It combines beautiful Italian design with versatility and functionality. The brick ovens cook everything to perfection, the company said, including pizza, bread, roasted meat and vegetables. The wood oven is portable, fully insulated and designed to cook evenly as its domed chamber ensures uniform heat distribution. The Gusto has three racks, an interior light and convection fan. For long-lasting performance, the company said, the ovens are electro-galvanised before being powder-coated to provide “superb protection against corrosion”.

Larus Design’s ‘sheet’ litter bin evokes the concept of a folded paper sheet, with bended edges on the front and rear metal plates. The Portugal-based design company said its mission is to create a “symbolic and emotional empathy against the displeasure people usually have towards waste containers”. Larus Design said it is “dedicated to the design, development and production of urban street furniture, delivering uniqueness and exclusivity to markets around the world”. Blue Stream is Larus Design’s exclusive representative in the Middle East. The bin won the prestigious Red Dot Design award in 2014.

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BinHendi Playgrounds specialises in creating play areas for children, regardless of their physical ability. Since 1998, BinHendi has been involved in the playground industry trading under the name American Eastern LLC in partnership with Landscape Structures Inc (LSI), of the USA. BinHendi brands include Benito Urban, a major Spanish street furniture manufacturer. LSI manages the whole playground production process, from product design to manufacturing, distribution and sales. Another addition to the BinHendi brand is the NottsSports Synthetic Surfacing, from the UK, which creates safe surfacing for playgrounds with 15 colour options.

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Aesthetic Agriculture, Afforestation and Irrigation

Prequalify Contractors for Aesthetic Agriculture, Afforestation and Irrigation

Kuwait University

179 USD

07/01/2016

Aesthetic Agriculture and Irrigation Development

Execution, Development and Maintenance

Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs & Fish Resources – PAAFR

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Landscaping and Irrigation Works

For a Main Building, Social Centre and Workshop

The Research Council

256 USD

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Muscat Municipality

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Saudi Arabia Tender Name

Description

Green Fields Irrigation and Co-ordination

Irrigation and Co-ordination of Green Fields

Ministry of Education

133 USD

03/01/2016

Gardens and Parks Construction

Construction of Gardens and Parks

Najran Municipality

1,733 USD

03/01/2016

Plantations Maintenance

Maintenance of Plantations of Gardens and Streets

Qassim Municipality

1,333 USD

03/01/2016

Gardens, Pedestrian Passageways and Yards Construction

Construction of Gardens, Pedestrian Passageways and Yards

Najran Municipality

1,333 USD

05/01/2016

Gardens Construction

Construction of Neighbouring Gardens in Districts and Charts

Madinah Municipality

2,667 USD

05/01/2016

Plantations, Green Fields, Trees, Flowers and Irrigation Networks Maintenance

Maintenance of Plantations, Green Fields, Trees, Flowers and Irrigation Networks

Eastern Region Municipality

1,867 USD

05/01/2016

Trees Maintenance and Irrigation

Carrying out Maintenance and Irrigation of Trees

Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs

533 USD

12/01/2016

Gardens, Yards and Pedestrian Passageways Construction

Construction of Gardens, Yards and Pedestrian Passageways in Al Nabhaneya and its villages

Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs

267 USD

08/02/2016

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