Dubai Municipality finishes $5.7m zero energy park
Opening its doors to the public soon, the park is classified as a sustainable development as it uses the solar energy to provide all of its electricity needs
Dubai Municipality has completed the new $5.7m (AED21m) Pond Park project in Khawaneej-1.
Opening its doors to the public soon, the park is classified as a sustainable development as it uses the solar energy to provide all of its electricity needs.
Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, said: "The general projects department at Dubai Municipality developed the park designs and elements after studying the requirements of the population in the area, as the project aims to utilise the area for a pond to collect rainwater."
Lootah explained that Dubai reflects urban values that characterise to be a tourist attraction and a place where the comfort of living for residents and tourists materialises.
He also pointed out: "We have a comprehensive greening and beautification plan for each of the rainwater harvesting ponds in the emirate. As they will become part of a series that integrate with the development boom and the overall modernisation of the emirate to form a vision and objective."
Al Khawaneej – 1 Pond Park, built on an area of 11.5ha with three main entrances, consists of an office building, ladies and gents toilets, wooden benches and umbrellas, waste bins, as well as two children's play areas with rubberised flooring for different age groups, a football court with artificial grass, chain link surrounding the park, trees, bushes, grass areas, and seasonal flowers.
Designed with quality standards, it has taken into account the requirements of people with special needs in terms of choice of suitable games and ease of movement.
The park is divided into three sections - the pond area, the park's main area, and the play areas for adults.
Safety factor has also been taken into consideration throughout the work as a protection fence for the public, especially children, has been installed on the perimeter of the pond to protect them from falling into the pond.
The park has a total of four entrances to the public and another one for maintenance and the parking area can accommodate 300 vehicles.