Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Park is due for completion in 2018 following $25m renovation
The UK-based architecture and design firm Benoy has released new visuals of the AED 94 million ($25.6m) renovation of Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Park in Abu Dhabi, the former site of Khalidya Ladies Park.
According to a press release, the open-air destination is due for completion in 2018, and has been commissioned by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport at Abu Dhabi City Municipality.
Driven by the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, the project – which began in 2016 – will cover 46,000 square metres.
It will feature an urban forest, a creative hub and co-working space called the ‘Women’s Centre’ and an amphitheatre. It will also contain a cycling track, natural play areas and fitness zones.
Paul Priest, director and head of Benoy’s MENA Studios, said: “The ambition of Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Park was to create a new type of space that bridges a gap between a traditional park format and a more modern, engaging space that appeals to all visitors. Benoy is fiercely proud of its expertise in drawing different communities together with spaces that disrupt the norm, surprise and delight and allow people to enjoy them in their own way.”
“With Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Park, we’ve deliberately stepped out of our comfort zone to really push the boundaries and create something that will continue to evolve and stay relevant over time. I believe that this type of environment, which takes the visitor out of an enclosed space and promotes walkability and discovery, is a trend that we’ll see a lot of demand for in the GCC and greater MENA region in the near future,” he added.