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HOK team reveals design for desert oasis

HOK International and HOK sport architecture have combined their design talents to create a masterplan for a major urban community for 115,000 people in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. Al Ain will be a living and working, low rise, low impact, ecologically-aware alternative to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. At the heart of the city is a genre aimed at fostering healthy, natural lifestyles linking the community with the surrounding low-density green environment. Al Ain is a large-scale ambitious scheme; located on the northeast outskirts of the existing Al Ain city.

Cultural and leisure amenities will connect Al Ain’s various neighbourhoods and business districts encouraging social interaction, community spirit and wholesome lifestyles. A striking multi-purpose dome with a 40, 000 seat enclosed stadium will create a sporting focus on the 900 hectare site. The masterplan has been designed to encourage energy efficient, water-based transport. Extensive canals and waterways will link the city’s residential areas, academic departments, health facilities, schools and the sports/football academy.

Recycled water will be used not only for replenishing the waterways but for the landscape, golf course and city shelter belts – keeping the desert at bay. All buildings will be adapted to work efficiently in the desert environment, with extensive solar shading and use of appropriate material for the desert location. Al Ain is truly mixed-use and fully integrates the social, cultural and economic objectives of the city and comprises 30,000 apartments, 3,500 residential villas, 800,000 m² retail and leisure facilities and 1.5 million m² office space as well as religious and public health amenities.

HOK is currently in the process of finalising the masterplan due for completion at the end of summer 2007. It also carried out the feasibility planning study, masterplanning, sports and building prototype design. Buro Happold is providing infrastructure planning and design. Al Ain is located in the desert at the foothills of the Jebel Hafleet mountain range and at a midpoint between Abu Dhabi city and Dubai.







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sweeeeeeeeeeeet we need such projects in the UAE
 

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I wonder exactly which part of Hili this project is coming? Because there are building lost of 7-8 floor buildings, and construction has already started on them.
 

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Al Qudra Real Estate receives massive response to Ain Al Fayda


Ain Al Fayda is a mixed-use real estate development in Al Ain

15-Oct-2008

Despite the credit crunch and the global economic downturn, things are certainly looking up for Abu Dhabi-based Al Qudra Real Estate as they talk about Ain Al Fayda, an attractive mixed-use community in Al Ain. Ain Al Fayda will feature healthcare, tourism, residential and retail components and is set to become a well-being destination because of its unique blend of amenities and attributes.

Mahmood Ebraheem Al Mahmood, CEO, Al Qudra Holding, said, "We are pleased to announce record sales revenue during the launch of the first phase of Ain Al Fayda. Al Ain represents a strategic market and we are proud to be amongst the first developers to unlock this city's potential offering."

Ain Al Fayda is considered the first of its kind real estate development in the region as it is lodged at the base of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain amidst abundant foliage and healing hot springs. Phase 1 of the real estate project will house 2, 3, 4-bedroom traditional and modern-day villas designed for both nature-lovers and dynamic city dwellers.

http://www.gowealthy.com/gowealthy/...Qudra-receives-response-to-1224071719202.html
 

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Can someone explain the fascination with introducing canals in the middle of a desert and how that reconciles with sustainability. The evaporation losses with canals are huge and unless there is a regular circulation flow, the water quality is poor. If the developments were designed very efficiently, there would not be water to waste in such fashion.

Why not re-introduce the ancient Falaj's, which tried to maximise the use of water?.

Lets get some real eco-friendly design doing and stop with this kid-on stuff.
 
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