Al Zorah, the UAE’s unparalleled lifestyle development, has won recognition for its unique masterplan that integrates the unmatched beauty of its natural setting with the most-modern urban amenities to create a refined coastal destination like no other. At the Arabian Property Awards ceremony, held in Dubai, Al Zorah’s masterplan was feted with the ‘Best Mixed Use Development’ Five Star Award.
Al Zorah is masterfully crafted by Solidere International, renowned for developing refined ‘Places for Life,’ and principally established in Dubai International Financial Centre by Solidere, the Lebanese public company that is responsible for the urban regeneration of downtown Beirut.
Imad Dana, Chief Executive Officer of Al Zorah Development Company, said: “The Arabian Property Award for the accomplished work on Al Zorah is a testament to the exceptional design and planning that we bring to this unparalleled lifestyle development. Guided by Solidere International, Al Zorah’s masterplan stands out for its development approach of integrating the natural environment with modern amenities. From an extensive beachfront to naturally conserved and nurtured mangroves, Al Zorah will offer residents the opportunity to live in harmony with nature.”
Layth Madi, the chief masterplanner of Al Zorah, who received the award for the masterplan which was prepared in partnership with Solidere International, said: “The masterplan for Al Zorah is compelling and responds to the unique setting of the development located between the Arabian Gulf and an inland lagoon and mangroves. Our masterplan for Al Zorah placed the emphasis on the human scale, by proposing a compact and walkable development composed of a network of streets, promenades and public squares which serve to connect several distinct mixed-use neighbourhoods. We are pleased and privileged to work with Solidere International on this visionary project, which continues a long standing tradition of distinctive and truly ground breaking development.”
Located 25 minutes away from the Dubai International Airport on the northern coast of Ajman, Al Zorah is positioned within a remarkable natural setting defined by a 1.6 km long stretch of pristine beach frontage along the Arabian Gulf. Al Zorah is differentiated by a placid inland lagoon, crisscrossed by traditional dhows, and an extensive stretch of natural mangroves, home to more than 58 bird species including the elegant pink flamingos.
The award-winning masterplan achieves the right balance between nature preservation and the requirements of urban development, underlining Al Zorah as the first project in the region to create a nature reserve within the context of a private development. The natural assets of Al Zorah have been leveraged in the masterplan to offer a new lifestyle and tourist destination in the UAE that is crafted for refined coastal living.
The masterplan designates the inland lagoon and mangrove as the ‘Al Zorah Reserve,’ a protected biosphere. The site’s natural beauty has established the foundations for an eco-friendly development proposition with 60 per cent of the land area devoted to protected mangroves and public space.
Al Zorah naturally places the highest emphasis on the personal well-being of residents and visitors. The timeless principles of urban planning and design are meticulously integrated to make the joys of daily living come effortlessly.
Residents and visitors of Al Zorah enjoy connected pedestrian environments, parks, waterfront and mangroves board walks, as well as dedicated landscaped routes for jogging and cycling. It offers a human-scale integrated community where active lifestyle and nature-oriented outdoor activities such as rowing, kayaking, sailing, fishing and mangroves exploration, become part of a daily routine.
Phase one of Al Zorah is currently progressing to deliver four state-of-the-art marinas, two world-class beachfront hotels and resorts, an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, wellness centre, golf villas, serviced residential apartments, boardwalk, and beach club. Al Zorah will welcome its first visitors next year with the opening of the marinas and an 18-hole golf course as well as other lifestyle amenities.
The Arabian Property Awards recognise leading property developers, architects and interior designers. Senior delegates representing property development design and architecture firms from across the world attended the award ceremony.
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