By Andy Sambidge
Dubai Municipality gets nod to start four new projects; set for completion by Q1 2015
Four projects to create new public parks and a square in Dubai have been approved by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai.
The projects are part of Dubai Municipality's efforts to provide more recreation areas and green spaces in the city.
They will be created at a cost of AED14.6 million ($3.9 million) and are expected to be completed by the first quarter of the year 2015.
Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, said the upcoming park projects will be in Al-Twar 2, Oud Muteena, and Al-Mizhar 1 neighbourhoods.
He added that the public square project is planned in Muhaisina 3 area. The four projects will be executed across a total area of 7.46 hectares.
Lootah said special consideration will be given to people of special needs in the project design and all safety measures will be taken to account.
Lootah added that Dubai Municipality plans to convert the city to a "real green oasis" where people can enjoy "good air and greenery".
Play equipment, tree-roofed sitting areas, walking-tracks with roofed wooden sitting benches alongside, separate public utility services for gents, ladies and for special needs persons and other facilities will be included in the projects.
A decorative lighting system that operates by solar power will entertain visitors during hours of darkness, a statement said.