UAE real estate developer, Dubai Properties, has revealed what it says is “the Middle East’s largest living green wall” at Dubai Wharf, located near the city’s famous and historic Creek.
Made using more than 80,000 plants, the vertical garden is six metres high and extends 210 metres in length, forming a leaf canopy area similar to approximately 200 trees. As part of the company’s promotion of sustainable living, it points out that the wall’s carbon offset is equivalent to 4.4 tonnes of CO2 annually.
Apart from the environmental benefits provided by the plants soaking up carbon dioxide and turning it into oxygen, green areas such as this are said to have a calming effect on residents and visitors and, of course, the living wall makes an ideal backdrop for Instagram selfies.
A relatively new concept, the vast majority of green walls around the world are less than a decade old. Ideal for public spaces and urban environments, the plants help to reduce surrounding building temperatures through a process known as evapotranspiration, lowering them by up to give degrees Celsius.
The wall at Dubai Wharf was developed by landscaping specialist company, Gover Horticulture, and was made using geotextile grow bags filled with peat substrates enriched with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This allows for better root growth, irrigation and drainage – essential attributes for the UAE’s harsh summer climate.