Dubai should build a green park over Sheikh Zayed Road, argues Perkins+Will principal Firas Hnoosh

Deira was once the heart of Dubai, claims Firas Hnoosh, principal and design director of architecture at Perkins+Will, and Sheikh Zayed Road was the artery that connected it to Abu Dhabi and other cities. But as time passed, the highway’s construction split the emirate into two: a landside and a seaside.

“In my opinion, that’s an issue,” says Hnoosh. “We should look at how to divert Sheikh Zayed Road’s dominance on the cityscape, and stitch the landside and seaside back together again.”

While Hnoosh doesn’t advocate removing the highway, he does suggest transforming it into an underground tunnel above which a lush green park invites passersby to experience the city through walking.

“You could put a proper park on top of the highway,” he says, “and add some gaps between strips of green space to bring daylight to the road below. People could then walk between the two sides with no disruption, and you could also have some buildings there to bring some vibrancy to it.”

Hnoosh’s comments come as part of a wider discussion called ‘Dubai: The Next Decade’, a series that will be running in Middle East Architect‘s July issue. Other contributing voices include Phillip Jones from B+H Architects and Christian Vasquez from NEB.

 

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One Response to Dubai should build a green park over Sheikh Zayed Road, argues Perkins+Will principal Firas Hnoosh

  1. Georgina Chakar says:

    As a Master in sustainable urban planning and developments, specialized for the Gulf Region Countries, I support initiatives like this. While working on such project the time spent by the commuters along Sheik Zayed Road in a darkish (tunnel like) environment on daily basis needs to be considered carefully Vs the use of the parks in a climate like ours. Great idea anyway.

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