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Akar completes key UAE eco-tourism project

DUBAI, January 30, 2017

Leading landscaping contractor Akar said it has completed the Dh14-million ($3.8 million) Al Wadi Park Project, a major eco-tourism development spread over a sprawling 28,000-sq-m area on the Dubai-Oman border.

The project, which is positively contributing to the country’s ever-expanding portfolio of increasing ecological footprint, is a part of Dh1.3 billion ($354 million) comprehensive development plan for Hatta, launched in November last year by HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The wadi-themed park, which is situated near the Oman border (about a 120-km drive from Dubai) is now home to more than 900 trees, surreal waterbeds filled with rolling stones of varying sizes, dozens of barbecue pits with sheltered picnic tables, endless stretches of grassy lawns, 1000-m jogging track, shaded pergolas, making it a great option for family holidays set in the tweeting birdlife backdrop of Hatta’s mountainous terrain.

Launched in the fourth quarter of 2015, the project will help enhance the social and economic capabilities of Hatta, and boost its attractiveness as a first class eco-tourism destination in the region.

The Al Wadi Park is all set to welcome its first visitors in March, offering colourful, hitech play and climbing equipment suitable for children of all ages, a shaded parking lot with solar panels to increase power efficiency and an 820-m gabion wall to protect against storm surges.

On the achievement, Adnan Nalwala, the executive director, Akar Technical Services Company, said: "The Al Wadi Park is an ambitious project that has enabled us to showcase Akar's exceptional engineering expertise and help augment Dubai’s over-arching goal of boosting tourism, cultural heritage and attractiveness of Hatta as a destination."

"It is, in fact, an honour to be bestowed with the responsibility of bringing such a magnificent and culturally important project to life. Once the park opens, the hard-work and commitment of Akar’s workforce will certainly impress visitors, making it in all possibility a must-visit family recreational destination in Hatta," he noted.

Rajaram Subedi, the director of landscaping at Akar, said: "The Al Wadi Project complements our diversified portfolio of landmark developments across UAE and Oman."

"Despite the complex design, our integrated engineering solutions and dedication of our talented workforce helped in timely delivery of the project-taking into account every specification and goal of the client.  Moving forward, we are committed to contribute to UAE’s landmark development agenda, combining our landscaping and engineering expertise with a proven record of delivering timely and state-of-the-art construction and maintenance solutions," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

Tags: UAE | Oman | Dubai | project | Hatta | Akar |

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