Top firms head to Dubai for big garden contest
Dubai, February 25, 2014
Real estate players are racing to give Dubai’s properties a ‘green makeover’ with its own unique identity at the first-ever international garden competition to be held in the emirate in April.
After weeks of heightened suspense and anticipation, the final list of participants in the debut Dubai International Garden Competition was announced.
The Middle East’s biggest gardening showcase will be held from April 3 to 6 at The Venue, Downtown Dubai at the foot of Burj Khalifa -- the world’s tallest building, developed by Emaar Properties.
The event is eagerly anticipated by real estate investors looking to give their properties a makeover in time for Expo 2020, while boosting the value of their properties through stylish landscaping; as well as players in the tourism and leisure markets.
The participating companies are Mirak Irrigation & Landscaping, Toscana Landscaping & Pools, Jenny Flowers, Spring Rose Landscaping, Waho & Vogue, Miracle Garden, Terra Verde the Landscape Solution, Greenable Landscapes, Orchid Garden Centre.
The list includes top architects, botanists, designers, engineers, garden manicurists and horticulturalists among others. A recurring theme among the entries is the emphasis on eco-friendly solutions ideal for Dubai’s arid climate, balancing natural beauty with innovation.
These companies will strive to give the emirate's properties a ‘green makeover’ with its own unique identity in the same way that Venice in Italy is famous for its ‘underwater streets’ or canals, while Cape Town is famous for its hilltop houses overlooking the sea, said a senior official.
"Our judges from the UK have reassured us that in all their years of judging competitions worldwide, these are some of the most stunning concepts they have ever encountered. Purelife believes that this creativity is inspired by Dubai’s reputation as a ‘City of the Impossible’ that touches the sky," remarked Nasser Khan, the CEO of the competition organizers Purelife.
"Visitors will be even more astounded when these concepts are brought to life right before their eyes. Although the event is only four days long, the concepts they inspire will live on until Expo 2020 and beyond," he added.
Taleb Jalfar, the director of Parks & Horticulture Department at Dubai Municipality, expressed his optimism about the upcoming event.
“We are confident that the outstanding innovation and eco-friendliness shown by participants in the Dubai International Garden Competition will put Dubai high on the map of landscaping globally. This is not just about landscaping; it’s about encouraging tourism, family bonding and healthier lifestyles outdoors,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service