Nakheel plans new parks, communal areas in all its developments

Dh24-million Al Ittihad Park, Palm Jumeirah, opened with a 3.2km jogging track

Nakheel, Dubai-based master developer, is working on building new parks and communal areas across all its developments, company chairman said.

“We have vacant space in most of our communities and so we are looking at building more parks and communal areas. We want to add more green space to our communities,” Ali Rashid Lootah told Emirates 24l7.

The developer opened the Al Ittihad Park, Palm Jumeirah, for the public on Thursday, as part of the celebrations for the 41st UAE National Day.

Built at the cost of Dh24 million, the 1.1 million square feet park has a 3.2 kilometre jogging track and will be home to over 60 varieties of trees and plants found in the UAE’s deserts, mountains, wadis and coastal areas. Many have medicinal uses, and all of them require minimal watering to thrive.

“Al Ittihad Park at Palm Jumeirah is our special tribute to our country. ‘Ittihad’ means ‘union’ and our park will unite people not only on and around National Day 2012, but for many generations to come,” Lootah said.

Open 24 hours a day, Al Ittihad Park will have parking space for 700 vehicles.

Graham B, a resident of Palm Shoreline Apartment, said: “We have been using the jogging track for sometime now. The place is really cool and I just love my morning strolls here.”

E Fedoseev, a resident of the Golden Mile, Palm, said: “Since my apartment faces the park, I have seen a lot of people working to develop it. I hope it is properly cleaned and maintained.”

She added: “My only concern is that the park doesn’t become a meeting place for non-residents of the Palm. I hope that issue will be looked into.”

Earlier this month, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre said it was converting Lake C, located in front of Clusters O, P, Q and R, into a 55,000 square metre park with construction starting next year. The move was aimed to provide more green space in the community, which has over 76 tall towers.

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