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Mideast's top landscaping summit opens in Dubai

DUBAI, March 18, 2019

Leading global landscaping companies are showcasing their latest products and solutions at the seventh edition of the Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2019 which kicked off in Dubai on March 18.
 
These include major ones such as Cape Reed International, Dynamo Playgrounds, Profile Products, Knauf Insulation, WT Burden, SIS Pitches, Glamour International, Raknor, Modbloc Middle East and Consent, said the organiser Expotrade Middle East.
 
The expo was inaugurated by Engineer Eman Al Mansoori, director of engineering – Tender & Contracts, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, along with Talib Abdul Kareem Mohammed, CEO of Infrastructure Services Sector, Dubai Municipality in the presence of other VIPs.

During the two-day event, these companies will unveil their latest landscaping products and solutions before 350 government and municipal officials, senior landscape architects and designers, engineering consultants and urban planners, and project developers.

Following the opening ceremony, Kareem Mohammed delivered a welcome note. This was followed by a welcome address by Ali AlShehhi, director of the Planning and Survey Division, Ajman Municipality and Planning Department for the delegates representing landscape architects and designers, urban planners and engineering consultants from across the region and other parts of the globe.

His address focused on the strategic objectives of the Urban Planning and Planning Department - Ajman, along with the most important projects and efforts accomplished by the department and the initiatives undertaken in conjunction with the private sector and non-governmental institutions to increase green spaces in the region.

Fawaz Alharbi, senior head of master planning, Jeddah Economic City, gave a presentation on the topic titled "Unlocking the potential of nature within our built environment."

Khalil Odeh Ali Shalan, senior vice president - Operations & Facility, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, delivered a session on the sustainable initiatives followed by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority along with the importance of implementing green roofs and the challenge in doing so.

Dr Stanislav Shmelev, director, Environment Europe, put the spotlight on 'cities, ecosystems and climate change."

Emphasising the role of ecosystems in cities, he said, "Cities are the most important areas where the green economy model could have the largest impact."

"Knowing which cities are the sustainability leaders on a global scale is beneficial because their best practices could be potentially adapted to other cities, which are performing less well."

"Assessing sustainability performance could be done with the help of indicators and sophisticated multicriteria procedures. Our research shows that San Francisco, Stockholm and Seoul are consistently performing best globally and there is much to learn from their innovative policies for the rest of the world.

"At the same time, our research shows that we could go one step further and establish the factors that would influence the performance of cities in each individual sustainability dimension. It is hugely important to understand the role of ecosystems, that we and our cities entirely depend on," remarked Dr Shmelev.

"Ecosystems are producing oxygen, supplying water and food, fibres and pharmaceuticals; ecosystems are maintaining the soils, supporting the global circulation of elements, purifying water and providing us with renewable energies, hosting a vast reserve of biodiversity, of which humans destroyed 60 per cent since 1970," he stated citing a WWF data.

Ecosystems equally provide inspiration for artists, support social relations, provide educational value and the sense of place.”

The first day programme agenda covered 10 topics, including two panel discussions on innovative urban planning and design to boost sustainable infrastructure for future developments, and retrofitting parks, plazas, and playgrounds.

Each panel consisted of six subject matter experts representing government bodies such as Al Ain Municipality, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, and Sharjah Urban Planning Council, and from leading design and engineering firms, such as Arada, SSH, Benoy, HKS Architects Parsons, GHD, Place Dynamix, InSite Planners and Landscape Architects and Dabbagh Architects.

International speaker Neil Davidson, partner, J & L Gibbons, will open the second-day of the conference with a case study presentation on how London is adapting to meet the needs of a growing population and changing environmental conditions.

His session will be followed by a session from Dr Hanan Aljabri, director - Strategic Planning Directorate, Muscat Municipality, and Steven Velegrinis, head of master planning, Aecom, on the topics re-imagining urban public spaces and Plus Urbanism respectively.-TradeArabia News Service




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