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Al Barari - Oasis in the Desert
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Al Barari - Oasis in the Desert

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Literally meaning ‘wilderness’, Al Barari was designed to be a true desert oasis. 80% of the development’s 14.2 million square feet is made up of green, lush space that envelopes the 189 palatial-villas.

A total of 34 themed gardens with over 16.4 kilometres of naturally landscaped lakes, freshwater streams, cascades and waterways make Al Barari the lowest density development in the UAE and more akin to a botanical garden than a residential community.

A commitment to sustainability and responsible eco-conscience development means that Al Barari’s architecture, landscaping and infrastructure actively embrace good environmental practice. Villas employ an acute awareness of natural light and shade and have been grouped in leaf-shaped clusters to minimize the impact of infrastructure on the land. Each residence supports its own energy-efficiency home system and residents are encouraged to recycle through the underground waste system that separates organic from inorganic waste all the while being invisible odourless.

The landscape’s high density planting keeps the ground cooler therefore requires less water from the development’s ‘intelligent’ irrigation system. In fact, uniquely, the level of plant density has resulted in the creation of Al Barari’s own microclimate.

Phase I has seen the handover of the majority of the 189 villas to residents with six of the 34 themed gardens completed, the region’s largest privately owned plant nursery covering 1,937,503 square feet with 1,800 plant varieties (soon to be brought to market as ‘Greenworks’) and unique concept restaurant The Farm. Phase II aims to introduce Al Barari to a wider audience, and will see the creation of a 6-star boutique hotel, retail offerings and further residential development.

Al Barari’s ethos, to give residents boundless living - a continuous space between outside and inside, a place for contemplation and relaxation is the product of the Zaal family’s passion to create something never before seen in the region. With Phase II planned to be completed in the next five years, developments such as Al Barari are ushering in a new way of living in Dubai, a city not readily known for its environmental credentials.

Water management
- Smart irrigation systems used in gardens to ensure plants are not over-watered, utilizing perched water tables, lined waterways and soil treatments
- On-site reverse osmosis plant to produce Class A water for irrigation, as well as water taken from nearby Sewage Treatment Plant at Dubai Land. Wastewater is treated to a high standard, to ensure the longevity of landscaping and reduce nutrient enrichment of waterways
- Pollution traps to prevent ground contaminants and litter
- Natural, organic filtering of waterways
- Storm-water treatment measures including vegetated channels to strip nutrients and sediment from run-off, online wetlands to act as settling basins, and coarse pollutant traps to remove litter from run-off
- Water run-off from roofs collected in drainage trenches and soakaways to help replenish ground water reserves

Sustainability
- Urban plan designed to minimize infrastructure and promote pedestrian movement
- Open space areas to reduce development density and impermeable surfaces
- Built in accordance with an Environmental Management Plan, implementing the measures identified in the Environmental Impact Assessment
- Villas grouped in leaf-shaped clusters to minimize infrastructure requirements on landscape
- Conservation of bio diversity, using local species in landscaping with a focus on low-maintenance, water-wise plant varieties
- Purpose high-density planting, proven to cool ground temperature, reduce evaporation and therefore use less water
- Provision of recycling facilities as well as waste bins to separate organic/inorganic waste
- Promote at-source recycling, e.g. underground waste storage (‘Equinord bins’) to minimize visual impact, odours and vermin
- Minimal lawn areas, water-efficient ground covers used
- Material selection based on latest Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) principles
- Dense buffer planting to the southwestern and northern boundaries to reduce dust
- “Living waterway system” and use of aquatic plants to encourage the waterway’s own ecology and a variety of naturally occurring habitats
- Extensive aquatic planting to replenish the carbon count through growth and decay of organic material, significantly contributing to the overall water quality
- Creation of a greenbelt between Al Barari and the Nad Al Sheba wildlife reserve

Environmental architecture
- Shade maximizing landscape profiling
- High degree wall and roof insulation
- Use of eaves to shade buildings and decrease use of air conditioning
- Sky lights and glass walls in courtyards maximize natural light entering villas
- Buildings design and urban planning follow advanced ESD principles

 











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