New Park on Palm Jumeirah
A brand new park has opened on Palm Jumeirah! Al Ittihad Park will be home to some of the fanciest plants in town, plus a nice new running track.
The National reported, "With no green grass or
flowering bougainvillea shrubs, the park looks markedly different from other
landscaped areas in the UAE. Running through the
middle is an excavation, covered by stones and gravel and made to resemble a
wadi bed. The wadi also acts as a drainage system for the park, said Fadi
Khalife, design director at Cracknell, a landscape architecture company that
worked on the project."
The daily added, "Among the selection of
plants is Boerhavia elegans, locally known as Oshbat um Salam. A shrub with
long, tender stems, the plant blossoms small purple flowers. In the wild, it is
found on mountain slopes or in valleys, growing among rocks. It was once used
to make traditional remedies to alleviate malaria symptoms. Also featured in the
park is Dipterygium glaucum, popularly known as Saffar. In the wild, this small
shrub with pretty yellow flowers is usually seen in deserts, especially in
coastal areas with high soil salinity. Wadi inhabitants such as
Farfar are also featured in the park. A tree with narrow, pale-green leaves, it
is known to scientists as Tecomella undulata. Blossoming in vivid yellow and
orange, this is one of the few plants in the park that has been used in
landscaping in the country."
The park's set in 10 hectares with a three kilometre jogging track and is set to use 620 cubic metres of water a day.