Mega landscaping projects bring life (and fun) to the Arabian Desert

  • The total value of the Top 10 Landscaping Projects in the United Arab Emirates exceeds USD 5.8 billion, according to Dubai-based Urban Design & Landscaping Expo.
  • With 3 new theme parks under development among the major landscaping projects, the UAE reinforces its position as an attractive destination for recreational tourism. 

Dubai is not new to world records. The world’s tallest building (the 828 m Burj Khalifa), the world’s largest indoor theme park (the IMG Worlds of Adventure, as big as 28 football fields), and the world’s biggest shopping mall (the Dubai Mall, with over 1,200 shops), are just some of the landmarks that elevated the Arabian city to a leading tourist destination, with over 15 million visitors in 2017.

The list of ‘biggest’, ‘largest’ and ‘tallest’ in Dubai will soon have another crown jewel, as the Emirate plans to host the world’s largest theme park too by the end of 2020.

According to the “Major UAE Landscaping Projects 2018” BNC Report published by the Urban Design & Landscaping Expo, Dubai is currently developing the “World Legends Theme Park” with a USD 1 billion investment. Nine zones with various rides will be complemented by 9,700 sqm of food and beverage options and 9,500 sqm of retail space, all set within a temperature-controlled environment.

“The World Legends by IMG Group isn’t the only theme park currently under development in the United Arab Emirates,” says Josine Heijmans, Portfolio Event Director of the Urban Design & Landscaping Expo, Middle East’s only dedicated trade fair for urban, green and open spaces. “Reinforcing its position as a top-notch leisure destination, the country is currently expanding its recreation facilities, with enormous projects in the landscaping sector.”

Abu Dhabi is expected to inaugurate the new USD 1 billion worth Warner Brothers World on Yas Island in 2021. With 29 themed rides, interactive attractions, shows, dining and shopping outlets, the project will also feature six immersive lands, including Metropolis and Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros Plaza, a Warner Bros-themed hotel and a car park.

A third theme park making it to the list of Top 10 landscaping projects in the UAE is Dubai’s Wonderland Park Development. With completion expected by 2019, the USD 490 million project includes the construction of amusement parks, apartments, shops, restaurants, and a cultural center.

The total value of the 10 major landscaping developments in the Gulf country exceeds USD 5.8 billion,” states Ms. Heijmans. “No wonder, the demand for products and solutions to build and maintain urban and green spaces, sports grounds and playgrounds is increasing sharply in the region.”

Providers of products, services, and solutions for the outdoor design and build industry from around the globe are expected to come together in droves in Dubai next November during the Urban Design & Landscaping Expo.

Co-located with The Big 5, Middle East’s largest construction event, the exhibition will provide a dedicated platform to meet the region’s booming urban design and landscaping needs.

The Urban Design & Landscaping Expo will also feature a high-level Urban Design & Landscaping Summit.

The event will run from 26 to 29 November 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. To know more, visit

To download the complete BNC Report on the “Major UAE Landscaping Projects 2018” for the Urban Design & Landscaping Expo, click HERE.

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