Redeveloped Dh94 million Abu Dhabi park will promote local culture

A new park in Khalidiya will have sustainability, economic diversification and Emirati culture at its heart when it is completed in 2018.
An artist’s impression of the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Park, which will be ‘a new type of space that bridges a gap between a traditional park format and a more modern, engaging space’. Courtesy Benoy
An artist’s impression of the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Park, which will be ‘a new type of space that bridges a gap between a traditional park format and a more modern, engaging space’. Courtesy Benoy

ABU DHABI // A new park in Khalidiya will have sustainability, economic diversification and Emirati culture at its heart when it is completed in 2018.

Benoy, an international architectural firm, has been awarded the contract for the Dh94 million redevelopment of Khalidiya Ladies Park into Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Park.

The project was commissioned by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport.

Abu Dhabi wants the park to be “a new type of space that bridges a gap between a traditional park format and a more modern, engaging space”, according to Paul Priest, director and head of Benoy’s Mena Studios.

Benoy’s projects in the UAE include The Beach and City Walk in Dubai.

The firm started design work on the 46,000 square metre project this year.

The Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Park will feature an urban forest of tropical trees and a backdrop reminiscent of Abu Dhabi’s heritage and culture.

It will also have a women’s centre, a creative centre and co-working space, an amphitheatre for events and performances, and a cultural arena to enhance community interaction.

Other features include a cycling track, play areas and fitness zones.

“Benoy is fiercely proud of its expertise in drawing different communities together with spaces that disrupt the norm, surprise and delight and allow people to enjoy them in their own way,” Mr Priest said.

“We have deliberately stepped out of our comfort zone to really push the boundaries and create something that will continue to evolve and stay relevant over time.”

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Published: September 5, 2016 04:00 AM

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