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Driven by the sustainable built environment vision, last week's Outdoor Design and Build Show in Dubai reported an increase in the number of queries from buyers on sustainable landscaping materials, the exhibitors said. ''Developers in the region are looking at making better use of outdoor space and providing an environment for people to use it more effectively,'' said Laith Kubba, Director at Streamline Marketing Group, organisers of the event.
''With landscaping amenities such as shaded areas, communal public places, parks and more, a city enhances its liveability factor and these play a significant role in the experiences of a city's inhabitants.''
Inaugurated by Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, the third annual ODBS gathered some 87 companies, representing more than 200 brands from 19 countries. The show saw a rise in the number of attendees to 4,000 from 3,000 visitors last year.
Photo-Me International, manufacturer of outdoor solar lights, displayed its Photolight-branded products such as bollards and streetlights. ''Our products use the sun as a source of energy, are built with aluminium, use recyclable lithium batteries and do not require any electricity connection,'' said Guillaume Dumont, Middle East and Africa Sales Manager of Photolight.
On the other hand, sustainability and consideration for the environment are becoming a key focus in play areas. BinHendi Enterprises displayed playground plastic equipment that do not contain heavy metals and are protected by a non-toxic finish that is safe for children and the environment.
The show also included the Landscape 2020, which displayed the most innovative urban projects from the region. Steven Velegrinis, Director of Urban Design at Perkins+Will, said landscapes can actively shape a city, so it is essential to make landscaping a biologically active green infrastructure.
Property development firm Al Barari featured its eco-friendly residential community in Dubai at the show. ''With time and effort, every business can become sustainable,'' said Kamelia Bin Zaal, Creative Director of Al Barari.
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Source: Hina Navin, Special to Property Weekly