Damac to add rainforest to mixed-use property

Damac to add rainforest to mixed-use propertyImage Credit: Damac Properties

Dubai is set to become home to the Middle East's first tropical rainforest following Damac Properties' announcement of a new project in its Akoya Oxygen master development.

The Dubai Rainforest will be an educational and cultural zone that will serve as one of the premium at tractions within an expansive retail and entertainment area. Although Damac did not say when the project will be completed, it pointed out that the rainforest will be ready ahead of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

According to the developer, the Dubai Rainforest will be situated adjacent to the Trump World Golf Club house, a part of an open-air walkway of high-end retail and entertainment offerings.

''Dubai is known for attracting the biggest and best, and the Dubai Rainforest joins that list of unique attractions that will support the growth of the city,'' said Ziad El Chaar, Managing Director of Damac Properties.

''The Dubai Rainforest fits perfectly into the ethos of Akoya Oxygen — the greenest community in Dubai — and provides a new space for educational and cultural events, which will raise awareness [about] this exciting ecosystem.''

Spread across 55 million sq ft in Dubailand, Akoya Oxygen will be designed as a peaceful retreat. The second phase of the project, including villas and town houses, is open for investment. The project is set around an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tiger Woods, to be managed by the Trump Organisation.

The retail and entertainment centre will be the fulcrum of the Akoya Oxygen development, housing the golf course clubhouse, Dubai Rainforest and a selection of retail and restaurant outlets.

Dubai Rainforest will recreate the natural environment of rainforests, which cover 6 per cent of the earth's surface. Damac said it will build a dense jungle environment with plant species integrated into the iconic structure in collaboration with rainforest experts to ensure the authenticity of the project.

Visitors will be taken on a journey through the jungle, learning about different flora throughout the habitat. Those with a thrill for heights will be able to fly over the treetops on a zip line, which will offer stunning bird's-eye views of the environment. Damac said the venue will also offer hydrothermal spa treatments among the rock pools and steam baths and a rock climbing wall.

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Source: Property Weekly


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