baharash architecture unveils plans for world's greenest eco resort in UAE baharash architecture unveils plans for world's greenest eco resort in UAE
mar 03, 2016

baharash architecture unveils plans for world's greenest eco resort in UAE

baharash architecture unveils plans for world’s greenest eco resort in UAE
(above) the spring at the heart of the resort provides a relaxing experience
all images courtesy of baharash architecture




baharash architecture has been tasked by dubai-based eco resort group to design their flagship eco resort in liwa, the southern region of UAE. at the very early stages of the project, it was revealed that groundwater could be extracted using a deep well. this gave the design team an opportunity to create a story around a spring, which was of critical importance to bedouins for trade and transportation routes. the spring will be used for crop irrigation, fish farming, and recreational activities, as well as providing a natural habitat for various wildlife.


video courtesy of baharash




the accommodations and functional areas are distributed around the spring, which will be the heart of the resort. in total, there are 84 interconnecting suites of various types, all of which provide amazing views and an outdoor terrace. relaxing sights can be enjoyed from all key spaces, including the fitness centre which is furnished with smart equipment.

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the ribbon-like roof is designed to maximize the area for solar panels, which are planned for optimum efficiency




the reception and back of house are located adjacent to drop-off. a restaurant and bar, provide guests with organic ingredients grown on site. equipped with a business and research facility with state of the art technologies the program provides everything their guests might need. the resort also has health and therapeutic spa facilities, which use organic ingredients. the therapeutic spa will supply a wide selection of wellness and beauty therapies. all spaces are equipped with smart glass windows, which offer instant privacy at a flick of a switch.

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each suite provides a direct access to the tranquil heart of the resort, as well as views and an outdoor terrace




some of the environmental benefits include recycling wastewater on site for irrigation, on-site waste management, the enforcement of a zero-emission zone and 157,000 square feet of solar panels. the ribbon-like roof is designed to maximize the area for solar panels, which are planned for optimum efficiency. the resort will also employ wildlife biologists and conservation staff.

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the fitness centre  is furnished with smart equipment




ultimately, the ‘oasis eco resort’ will provide more than environmental benefits, such as economic and socio-cultural benefits. the eco resort will create job opportunities for locals, creating a more diversified economy. it will also help preserve the regions heritage and provide greater interaction with native people.

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the restaurant is equipped with fully retractable windows to take advantage of the cool breeze during the evenings

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the low height of the buildings provides maximum exposure of liwa’s stunning sand dunes

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the spring is used for crop irrigation, fish farming and recreational activities, as well as a natural habitat for wildlife

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the oasis eco resort is an innovative destination that is designed to offer an insight into the UAE’s desertscape



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edited by: juliana neira | designboom

  • Nice – so how do people get to it – zero carbon footprint matter transporters?

    mikka says:
  • Does the UAE not get sandstorms? You’d think they’d wreak havoc with the solar array.

    The translation is often hilarious. A “tranquilizing experience . . . :”

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • Absolutly Yes! This is great!

    Daniel Zollinger says:
  • Looks beautiful…but I’m afraid it will go the ways of all resorts, camping places and public areas in arab countries: in the beginning all is nice and neat. But then, after the money is spent and someone got honored for this, nobody cares and there’s no money any more for maintaining. It decays. Often because there’s not enough income because the calculations were way too optimistic…to get the money.

    Dirk16 says:
  • BTW: a great number of the solar cells are fully or partially shaded by the palms. They will get dirty. They will loose power due to sand and dust. The deep water well could run dry because most times nobody knows the refreshing rate – you can see that anywhere where artificial wells are used for watering: the groundwater level drops and surrounding areas are falling dry.
    I’d love to see that working, and with some care it will for a while. But I would never pump money into something like that. Solar cells don’t make a sustainable project out of a basically stupid idea.

    Dirk16 says:

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