Dubai votes for world's best garden
Dubai, April 5, 2014
The Dubai public is set to make history by voting for the world’s best gardens in the emirate's debut international garden competition, as global gardening industry blossoms to $220 billion.
In the first-ever event of such diversity, magnitude and prestige, the inaugural Dubai International Garden Competition is opening its gates to Dubai’s entire community of families, nature adventurers, gardening enthusiasts, real estate and retail companies.
The participating companies are as follows: Mirak Irrigation & Landscaping, Toscana Landscaping & Pools, Jenny Flowers, Spring Rose Landscaping, Dubai Miracle Garden, TerraVerde: The Landscape Solution, Greenable Landscapes, Orchid Garden Centre, Akar Landscaping, Al-Memar Landscape, Heaven Art Landscape, Falcon Crest Landscape and Lokrit Garden Village.
The first edition of the region’s most anticipated garden showcase will run till April 6, from 10am to 10pm in ‘The Venue, Downtown Dubai’ on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, at the foot of Burj Khalifa -- the world’s tallest building, developed by Emaar Properties.
The organisers have invited the public to come and enjoy a magnificent family outing in a spectacular setting surrounded by natural beauty and serenity.
To ensure that children don’t miss out on this wonderland, Fun City, the largest entertainment centre in the region, will be the exclusive partner which will host fun activities and play. The dazzling attractions include the sensational Lokrit Garden Village, Grand Floral Arena Stall, Raffle Draws, the Education Zone & Talks, Furniture Display, Best of Show Award and a Food Court to recharge the visitors’ energy levels, they said.
Nasser Khan, the CEO of the organizers Purelife Events, Exhibitions & Conferences said this groundbreaking concept will yield massive benefits for Dubai - not just from an environmental and social perspective, but also from an economic vantage point.
"The worldwide gardening and outdoor living market is forecasted to grow to almost $220 billion by 2016, so Dubai’s property and retail players should capitalize on this exciting competition to position themselves at the forefront of this blossoming market," he remarked.
Contestants are hoping to walk away with the Gold and trophies honors. Also up for grabs are special awards rewarding the Best Show Garden, People’s Choice and Special Show Garden.
Every winning exhibitor earns a face-to-face session with the judges to gain precious feedback and advice. The results will be announced at the Grand Finale on April 6.
Nadeem Abbas, the director of Purelife Events, Exhibitions & Conferences, said: “The spectacular creations show the exciting new direction that Dubai is taking, becoming not only eco-friendly but also family-friendly. The DIGC will put Dubai on the international map as a trendsetter in outdoor lifestyles, and our beautiful city will not just be known for its stunning architecture but also for the gorgeous gardens outside its buildings.”
The judging panel comprises Elisabetta Sari, who has a project published in a book on eco-landscaping and has won awards in France, Italy and Ireland; Phil Evans, who has attracted a passionate Twitter following for his gardening master-tips; Jo Thompson, who has done everything from urban roof gardens to traditional country gardens in the UK; David Dodd, who is on the selection panel of RHS Chelsea Show Garden; Kamelia bin Zaal, Creative landscape Director at Al Barari Firm Management and Second Nature Landscape Design; and Muhammad Jayyoussi of Emaar Properties, who has overseen stunning soft landscapes at Burj Khalifa, Downtown, The Dubai Mall, The Hotels, Dubai Marina, Community Centers.-TradeArabia News Service