Al Fayah Park


Useful Information

Location: Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi
Open: Not yeat existing.
[2014]
Fee: Not yeat existing.
[2014]
Classification: Underground park
Light: n/a.
Dimension: Ar=125,000m²
Guided tours:  
Photography: Allowed
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
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History

2014 construction publicly announced.
2017 scheduled for completion.
2018 project stopped.

Description

The Al Fayah Park is not yet existing. At the moment there are only plans and computer generated pictures published. The design of the park was created by the famous London-based design studio Heatherwick. In 2014 it was widely published with the goal to be built during the next years. Scheduled start was 2015 and completion 2017 or 2018. However, it never happened, this site is still only an idea. We decided to keep this page as there are still numerous sites with pictures and pinterest is also full of them. Just be aware that this was never even started, and at the moment there is no hint that it ever might.

The Al Fayah Park at Abu Dhabi is a really extraordinary park. Actually every park in the world is artificial, the result of the work of many gardeners. This one is even more artificial as it is located in the United Arab Emirates, a desert country with almost no rain and a burning sun. To protect the plants from the burning sun and keep some of the humidity, it is located underground. So this is actually the only park in the world which is underground.

The construction is dug into the ground, the surface is then almost closed by concrete plates, each placed on top of a column. What remains on the surface is a central gap, like a 20 m deep canyon with plants on the ground. The surrounding surface resembles the patterns created by drying soil, which cracks because it shrinks with the water loss.