UAE: World's largest park slated for Dubailand

UAE: World's largest park slated for Dubailand
The world's largest park will be developed at Dubailand. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
Published: 5 March 2017 - 3:02 a.m.
By: Neha Bhatia

Dubai Holding and Dubai Municipality have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the world's largest park.

Located in Dubailand, the park will occupy an area of approximately 143ha. The partnership between Dubai Holding and Dubai Municipality reportedly follows the UAE government's vision of "enhancing the relationship between the public and private sectors through joint ventures that will encourage investments in Dubai".

Dubai Municipality aims to achieve a density of 12.5m2 of green space per person at the park, which is expected to increase public space in Dubai by 17% upon completion.

The park will feature 30km of pedestrian pathways, 20km of jogging tracks, more than 14km of cycle tracks, and 7km of nature trails.

The public garden will include 10 sports grounds and one major events space. Also included will be 55 playgrounds for children, 45 sports grounds, five major events spaces, and retail space for shops, restaurants, and coffee shops.

Smart solutions such as sustainable on-site power generation, waste recycling, and natural shading will be installed at the park, which will use smart cards for ticketing and purchasing, as well as WiFi connectivity throughout its premises.

Eng Hussain Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said the park's development is in line with directives to expand Dubai's green spaces, issued by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

He added: "The project will establish the largest public park in Dubai, and will meet the highest levels of sustainability while raising environmental awareness among its visitors.

"I also want to take this opportunity to commend the continued cooperation between Dubai’s public sector entities and local developers, which together enhance Dubai’s global reputation as a premier destination to live, work and visit, through projects such as these."

Ahmad Bin Byat, vice-chairman and managing director of Dubai Holding, commented: "The development of this park reflects Dubai Holding’s strong commitment to support economic diversification, innovation, and sustainable development across Dubai and the UAE."

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