World's first extreme sports parks to open in 2013

The parks will be built in the UAE and Qatar and be LEED rated

The park will offer a range of extreme sports.
The park will offer a range of extreme sports.

The world’s first extreme sports parks are to be built in the UAE and Qatar, targeting the highest sustainability rating of LEED Platinum.

As the first USGBC LEED certified theme parks ever, the two projects, conceived by iMCC GREEN (based in Abu Dhabi) and Thelma & Boom LLC (USA), will rely on a large number of eco-friendly technologies and materials.

According to the developer, who has asked to remain anonymous, tenders will be open to contractors later this year, with construction scheduled for 2012 and the park openings planned for 2013.

Speaking exclusively to Construction Week, the unamed source said: “Two versions of the world’s first extreme sports park are being planned for development in the UAE and Qatar, both parks being the first USGBC LEED certified environmental theme parks in the world.

“Tenders will be issued by iMCC later this year, with construction planned to begin early 2012 and the opening planned for early 2013.

“The budget and location remain confidential at this time."

Among the activities offered by the park will be whitewater rafting, kayaking, scuba diving, free diving, cave diving, extreme mountain biking, mountain boarding, online skating, rock climbing and caving.

This will be in addition to other features such as zip wire courses, bungee jumping, and extreme water slides.

To achieve the top green rating, the parks will use renewable and solar energy, and incorporate technologies for water conservation, waste to energy conversion, solar desalination and ecological wastewater treatment.

Green concrete will also be used extensively as will seawater (as opposed to potable water), with a focus on innovative human-powered transportation, and integration of local culture, heritage, and food production onsite.

The UAE park will be one of four ‘edutainment’ (education + entertainment) parks to be located in a wider development known as Pandora, which represents one of 200 planned ‘ecosystem’ communities around the world under a programme known as PANGAEON.

Currently, details of the other three parks and the wider Pandora development continue to remain confidential, but more details will be available in a presentation by Paul Bierman-Lytle, Director of Sustainability, iMCC GREEN, at the Smart Build 2011 conference, in Dubai this June.

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