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Moving Dubai Outdoors

17 July 2018 / by Ahmad Bukhash (author) / Dubai
Dubai City Walk. (photo: dmg events)
Dubai City Walk. / (photo: dmg events)

With The Urban Design & Landscaping Expo set for a November launch in Dubai, director of urban planning at the Dubai Creative Cluster Authority, Ahmad Bukhash, is calling for sustainable urban design across the Emirate's growing outdoor spaces.


Dubai is undergoing a transformation as open-air recreational districts - including La Mer, Al Seef and City Walk, lure residents and visitors away from air-conditioned shopping malls, and challenge the widely-held preconception that the city only springs to life during the cooler winter months.


The new focus on well-designed outdoor spaces must be accompanied by renewed efforts to extend the reach of urban landscaping well beyond purpose-developed recreational districts into mainstream urban and architectural design, however. 



Outdoor design as a catalyst for greater sustainability

Although heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC)-related energy expenditure is significant in Dubai, studies suggest ambient indoor air temperatures can be reduced by as much as 10 degrees by adopting creative but simple design measures and practices, including:

  • Introducing more shaded areas into public outdoor space design (an approach that is being championed by the property holding and development corporation, Meraas);
  • Taking a more analytical approach to building placement during the planning phase; and
  • Promoting wider use of design elements that take greater account of environmental factors such as the direction and flow of the wind, and building orientation.


With a paradigmatic shift in thinking, Dubai will become a city that truly offers year-round pedestrian accessibility and access.




About The Urban Design & Landscaping Expo

The Urban Design & Landscaping Expo is the Gulf region's premier event for the landscaping, infrastructure and urban development industries and returns in 2018 as part of The Big 5 - the Middle East’s largest construction event which is organised by dmg events.

Ahmad Bukhash


Ahmad Bukhash

Ahmad Bukhash is director of urban planning with inbound investment and corporate relocation agency for the media and creative sectors, the Dubai Creative Cluster Authority (www.dcca.gov.ae).

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