Dubai Properties unveiled on Tuesday the Middle East’s largest living green wall at Dubai Wharf, located within Dubai’s Culture Village.
The wall, which extends 210 metres in length and rises six metres high, will feature more than 80,000 plants forming a leaf canopy area equivalent to around 200 trees.
The living green wall will also be capable of offsetting an estimated 4.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.
Developed by landscaping experts Gover Horticulture, the structure is made using geotextile grow bags filled with peat substrates enriched with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK).
This allows for better root growth, irrigation and drainage in the UAE's dry climate, especially during summer months.
The master developer sought to create a microclimate that enhances the aesthetic appeal of Dubai Wharf and the well-being of its visitors and residents.
Raed Al Nuaimi, group chief executive officer of Dubai Properties, said: “As one of the top 20 happiest countries in the world and the happiest in the Arab region, according to the World Happiness Report 2018, the UAE is a keen supporter of sustainable living environments that are known to enhance the quality of life and elevate happiness levels.”
A relatively new concept globally, 93% of green walls were installed after 2007 and are now mostly found in urban environments.
As the concept provides a number of benefits, which includes reducing the overall temperature of buildings, many can be found in public places such as airports and shopping malls.
The wall will have a permanent home in Culture Village, a mixed-use development located on the Dubai Creek that offers two waterfront residential buildings, Canal Promenade, greenery and landscaping, and a wooden playground for children.