Middle-East

Posts and work related to the GCC and Middle Eastern regions.

Irrigation of native and exotic trees in arid climates

This article first appeared in Pro Landscaper Gulf – a .PDF copy can be seen here on page 12.  It is based on tree consultancy work I have undertaken in Abu Dhabi in recent years. Irrigation is taken as a necessity when landscaping in arid climates.  It is a view that I wouldn’t like to completely

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Arboriculture in the UAE

Last winter I did some interesting work in Abu Dhabi, concerning the care of trees.  I can’t name one of the projects (a royal palace), but one was Mushrif Central Park undergoing a major redevelopment (and now reopened – March 2015).  In both places I undertook a survey of 100+ broadleaf trees (as opposed to palms),

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Treecare in the Middle-East

I am working as a consulting arborist in the UAE for a couple of large projects.  Whilst there, I have been observing the broad state of the art and there is a long way to go in bringing across current best practice to the Middle-East, and I suspect that is so for many parts of

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Is Azerbaijan the next Dubai?

I’ve been reading several websites by visionary developers in Azerbaijan, who are proposing some massive Dubai-style developments to the Bay area of Baku, the country’s capital. One, the http://khazarislands.com/ seems like an ambitious Dubai-competitor, an ultra-sleek development on up to 30 artificial islands (think the Palm Jumeirah), the other is based on an existing island and

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Living Walls in Dubai

UPDATE 2017 A lot has changed since writing this article in 2013.  I now work with Planters Horticulture to deliver living walls in the UAE, via my company Vertology Ltd —————————————————————————- I’ve just come back from Dubai again, following up on the Biowall green wall installer, Acacia LLC.  Indoors it is much the same conditions

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