Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai has launched the Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.
Covering an area more than 20 hectares, the reserve will cover 10% of the emirate.
It will feature more than 10 observation decks spread across the reserve, including one built at a higher altitude to offer panoramic views.
The decks will take shape of the Arabian Oryx heads.
A Bird’s Nest platform will be located on the edge of the park’s water bodies.
Several platforms will be erected in order to provide a space for meditation and relaxation, surrounded by peaceful and beautiful landscape.
The platforms will size up to 1,500 sq m, and will be inspired by the sand dunes of the desert.
A yoga practice hall will be shaded by a sand-dune designed cover, which will provide protection from the sun for yoga practitioners and yet preserve the beautiful view.
An air-conditioned yoga lounge will also offer a spectacular view of the desert with all its captivating charm.
Another multi-level outdoor podium for yoga will also open, allowing people to practice outside amidst the desert nature where practitioners can relax in the serene environment and take in the beauty.
The reserve will also feature five star observation decks.
The Marmoom Reserve will also be an incubator for the largest plant nursery in the UAE, covering an area of 40 hectares.
The nursery will also serve as a training and educational centre for school and university students, researchers and academics in the field.
The Marmoom Reserve will host a series of annual sporting events.
By 2030 the programme will host more than 20 sports events and competitions, expected to attract more than 20,000 people annually.
There will also be an outdoor theatre topped with an open dome. Its design is inspired by sand dunes.
The 350-person theatre will host a variety of artistic and lyrical performances from across the region and the world.
The Marmoom Biosphere Centre will mainly be dedicated to studying the sustainable development and management of the protected area within policy in Dubai.
It will serve as a centre for sustainable ecotourism, and will seek to be the main source of specialised ecosystem management practices in the region.
The Marmoom Reserve Protection Scouts is a result of the cooperation between Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the Dubai Scout Commission and the Emirates Scouts Association.
As part of the Marmoom Reserve project, the 5,000MW Mohamed bin Rashid Solar Power Complex will be connected to the protected area, to provide clean energy to conserve the environment and promote sustainable development.
The Marmoom Reserve will be the largest sustainable environment, tourism and recreational project in the UAE.