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The Salama Bint Hamdan AI Nahyan Foundation announced plans to build a 125,000-sq-m park in Abu Dhabi. The desert-inspired AI Fayah Park will be designed by the London-based Thomas Heatherwick, the architect behind world-class urban outdoor features such as the UK pavilion at the World Expo 2010 and London's Garden Bridge.
Located on Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed AI Maktoum Street opposite Dome @ Rawdhat, the project was presented for the first time at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, currently on at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Construction of the park will commence after the design is completed at the end of this year. Expected to open by the end of 2016, the park will feature indoor and outdoor playgrounds, a running track, an organic fruit and vegetable garden, which will supply its resident cafes and restaurants, and a garden with flowers and plants native to the GCC.
The park will also have Abu Dhabi's first outdoor cinema, along with a dedicated picnic area, mosque, cultural library, gift shop and indoor and outdoor arenas to host live performances or local festivals and community activities.
The foundation was founded In 2010 as a non-profit philanthropic organization serving the UAE community. AI Fayah Park is its largest project to date.
"Salama Bint Hamdan AI Nahyan Foundation is committed to creating sustainable and lasting contributions that enhance the UAE community's wellbeing," said Iman Khouri, Communications Manager of the foundation. "AI Fayah Park is one such contribution, offering a beautiful and iconic space for the community to come together and create special memories with friends and family.
"It will be reminiscent of traditional design inspired by the UAE desert, but thoroughly modem In its presentation that will attract both residents and international visitors alike. As such, it puts Abu Dhabi among the world's leading global cities for innovative outdoor public spaces."
Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, is at the foundation’s stand at Cityscape Abu Dhabi to give presentations about the Park.
"AI Fayah Park Incorporates a series of structures representing cracked pieces of desert surface raised on columns to form a gentle dome across the site," said Heatherwick. "These elevated pieces create a perforated canopy of partial shade under which a lush garden can grow, protected from the harsh excesses of the Middle Eastern sun.
"This sunken oasis becomes a landscape of plants, mature trees and a cluster of public recreational spaces."
Source: Property Weekly