Dubai ‘botanic garden’ real estate project, Al Barari, is creating a show garden at the UK’s Chelsea Flower Show 2015, called The Beauty of Islam, which is designed by Kamelia Zaal, the development’s Creative Landscape Director
A Dubai developer has found a blooming great way of promoting its ‘botanic garden’ real estate project – through a garden at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.
The Beauty of Islam, which provides a sensory reflection of Islamic and Arabic culture, is designed by Kamelia Zaal, the first Emirati landscape designer to have a garden at Chelsea and Creative Landscape Director of the Al Barari development in Dubai.
Al Barari includes six themed gardens with more than 16.4 kilometres of naturally landscaped lakes, freshwater streams, cascades and waterways, and is described as being more like a botanical garden than a residential community, so it fits in perfectly with Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from 19-23 May 2015.
It also features a 1.2million square foot Plant Nursery, which ensures the sustainability of the gardens and landscape areas.
Based on a traditional, Arabic pattern that is set into a 45-degree angle, The Beauty of Islam breaks away from the typical, traditional courtyard quadrant and instead features “multi-purpose spaces and pockets of calm.”
Kamelia Zaal says, “I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to share my passion for Arabic and Islamic culture at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015. The garden is intended as a true celebration of heritage, art, design, culture and the diversity of the UAE’s plant life. I do hope that visitors enjoy the journey!
“The Beauty of Islam is a garden designed to be both a sanctuary in which to feel inspired and relaxed. I have channelled the movement and sound of water to draw visitors into a mix of sensory experiences, directing them through the garden.
“The use of poetry, calligraphy, sculpture, textures and a play of shade and light come together in the garden to celebrate Islamic and Arabic culture. Poetry, which is heavily rooted in Arabic tradition, is engraved into marble and aims to pull visitors further into the garden.”
Modern and classic materials from countries touched by Arabic and Islamic culture, including Turkish white marble, form the foundations of the garden’s design and Mother of Pearl, representing the art of pearl diving, integral to the UAE’s heritage, runs through it.
Four walls create different ‘rooms’ in the garden and enhance the theme of discovery, with water flowing throughout each section. Dividers of stainless steel and cement add a contrast of textures, off-setting the diversity of plant life throughout.
Planting and hard landscape patterns reflect those found within Islamic culture. The variety of plant species features orange, olive, fig and pomegranate trees and cardamom, pepper, tumeric, plus jasmine, rosemary and papyrus.
The garden maps the growth of the Arabic empire through its history, rooted in trade and tells the story of the Spice Route, which spread by sea and overland from the Indian Ocean, the Far East, India, the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea and into Europe.
Kamelia Zaal, trained in garden design at Inchbald School of Design, London and now lives in Dubai and runs landscape architectural practice, Second Nature.
Ms Zaal is also the Creative Landscape Director of Al Barari (meaning ‘wilderness’), the luxury residential estate that is owned and developed by her family.
Al Barari, which means wilderness, includes 189 luxury villas and 34 themed gardens with more than 16.4 kilometres of naturally landscaped lakes, freshwater streams, cascades and waterways.
Mohammed Zaal, Chief Executive Officer of Al Barari, says, “The Reserve at Al Barari is unmatched in quality and is the realisation of a vision that started as our family’s personal journey to create a living space that fulfilled our own requirements and definition of luxury.”
The development, designed and constructed by local contractors, Sustainable Builders, also includes The Farm restaurant that serves fresh, locally-sourced produce and a spa and health club, signature shops and a boutique hotel.
The Reserve is located in the royal enclave of Nad Al Sheba, accessible by the Emirates Road, and is just 10 minutes from downtown Dubai.
Residents can benefit from facilities including a large communal pool, fully equipped gym and fitness centre with sauna and steam room and two tennis courts
By Adrian Bishop, Editor, OPP Connect