Located adjacent to the royal enclave of Nad Al Sheba, accessible from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311), Al Barari is the flagship development of ZMZ Investments. Literally meaning “wilderness”, Al Barari was designed to be a true desert oasis.
80 % of the development is made up of green space that envelopes the 217 palatial villas. Beautiful themed gardens, with over 16.4 kilometers of naturally landscaped lakes, freshwater streams, cascades and waterways make Al Barari the lowest density development in the UAE and more akin to a botanical garden than a residential community.
A commitment to sustainability and responsible eco-conscious development means that Al Barari’s architecture, landscaping and infrastructure actively embrace good environmental practices. The villas employ an acute awareness of natural light and shade and have been grouped in leaf-shaped clusters to minimise the impact of infrastructure on the land. Each residence supports its own energy-efficient home system and residents are encouraged to recycle domestic waste through the underground waste system that separates organic from inorganic waste, while being invisible and odorless. All the water that is used for the irrigation of the landscape and the waterways is recycled water that is then cleaned and polished in the on-site polishing plant.
The landscape’s high density planting keeps the ground cooler, reduces evaporation enabling the use of less water; irrigation is controlled by a sophisticated irrigation controller linked to a local, on-site weather station. In fact, the level of plant density has resulted in the creation of Al Barari’s own microclimate.
Phase I has seen the handover of the majority of the 217 villas (The Residences and The Reserve) to residents, and completion of six themed gardens and the region’s largest privately-owned plant nursery Green Works, which covers 38 hectares (4 million square feet) and currently produces over 700 plant varieties. Phase I also saw the launch of the unique concept restaurant, The Farm, health club Body Language, and Heart & Soul spa. Phase II aims to introduce Al Barari to a wider audience, and will see the creation of a six-star hotel, retail offerings and further residential development in addition to Seventh Heaven, Ashjar and The Nest.
Al Barari’s ethos, to give residents boundless living – a continuous space between outside and inside, a place for contemplation and relaxation – is the product of the Zaal Mohammad Zaal’s passion to create something never before seen in the region. With Phase II planned to be completed in the next five years, developments such as Al Barari are ushering in a new way of living in Dubai, a city not readily known for its environmental credentials.