A Garden Paradise in the City
The topic of sustainability has been increasingly important in the UAE, from Dubai launching various initiatives to be listed as the most sustainable city in the world, to sustainability being a core element of the country’s 2020 vision. Likewise, sustainability has become a key target for the Cityland Group’s planners. A sophisticated engineering and irrigation will keep the Central Park running throughout the year, which is a phenomenal achievement by global landscaping standards.
‘Green’ thinking has been at the core of our design efforts and is a quintessential part of Cityland Mall”. With Central Park right in the center, the circular-shaped mall springs out of this core offering and exudes the philosophy of illustrating nature’s boundless beauty. When it comes to the central garden and its maintenance, we are creating a sustainable design for the irrigation, keeping in mind the group’s commitment to nature.
We have deployed a treatment plant so all the wastewater from the mall gets treated and is then recycled back for irrigation. All of this is going to be stored underground so that the temperature of the water won’t be too high. Also, the additional water that we may have after irrigation will go into storage for our firefighting systems. This way, we are ensured that 100% of the wastewater is effectively reused and recycled.
Everything that has been implemented and planned complies with the green building regulations in place, as is standard now. The most power-consuming item in the facility is the chilled water, which is being procured through district cooling, making the chilled water we get extremely sustainable. This water is then recycled and used for landscaping purposes.
Cityland Group’s background is in the landscaping arena, with its parent company Akar Landscaping responsible for some of the greatest landscaping innovations in the region including Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai Butterfly Garden and Al Ain Paradise.
“Nature has been a core part of the business and the main inspiration to build this retail facility, offering unique experiences which is fresh to the UAE and the region at large.”