Terraverde

No end in sight to regional landscape boom says Nehme Moujaess, managing director of Terraverde.

INTERVIEWS, Design

No end in sight to regional landscape boom says Nehme Moujaess, managing director of Terraverde.

From large to small, no project is too big a challenge for regional landscaping firm Terraverde. Established in Dubai for the past four years, the company offers a range of services from water features, landscaping and garden maintenance for both commercial and residential projects.

Currently numbering 270 people, the firm is on a big expansion drive at present, expecting to have headcount of 400 by the end of the year. Nehme Moujaess, managing director of Terraverde talks with Commercial Outdoor Design.

Can you tell me about Terraverde's history in the region?

We've been in the Middle East in total for more than15 years, but in Dubai for four years now. In addition to Dubai, we operate in Abu Dhabi, and we are now in the process of registering the company in Ras Al Khaimah.

We started with the private sector and with time we moved into the commercial line and onto bigger projects. We are very selective on jobs and on getting projects where you need quality and high standard.

What services do you offer?

Everything related to landscaping, which includes hardscape, softscape, irrigation, water features, swimming pools, lighting, garden accessories, pots, our own turf farm, landscape design department, indoor plants and garden maintenance.

We also distribute CorrectDeck, a premium composite decking material. We started as only landscaping and then we expanded with the other divisions.

How do you see the company growing?

We are trying to reach the point where people can come to us for a turnkey project. Sub-contracting these days is very difficult.


You cannot rely on people and if we have our brand and our reputation we will not risk it for any sub-contractors. We try as much as we can to do everything inhouse as then we are in control of the situation.

Which commercial projects are you working on at the moment?

We have commercial projects in Dubai Industrial City, plus residential projects on The Palm Jumeirah, and in Emirates Hills. We also have work in private villas in Jumeirah & Arabian Ranches. The Terraverde team is around 270 people now, including 50 administration staff, and by December we will have around 400.

What are the biggest challenges for contractors?

Getting materials, particularly cement and steel. It is becoming a very big problem. You have to do the concrete base before doing anything. When you have the material and enough manpower on site, there are no problems.

How responsible is a contractor for the maintenance of a landscape?

For a big commercial project, you have a five-year maintenance period that is included in the tender. For residential, we offer a maintenance package.

There has been a lot of talk about a landscape boom. How accurate is this and how much of it is pure hype?

It's not an exaggeration for one reason. We rarely find ourselves competing with other companies, which means everyone has enough work. The market is in a boom.

If there were 100 more companies in the market, they would have their work without affecting us.

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