By 2021 United Arab Emirates is expected to attract 45 million visitors, some of which will be looking to visit UAE’s stunning mountains. Yet uncontrolled conventional tourism causes harm to these natural areas, by putting excess pressure which can lead to impacts such as increased pollution, soil erosion, loss of natural habitats and endangered species.
The recently launched Biodomes project aims to boost ecotourism and conserve the mountainous regions of UAE, which are home to rare species of Arabian wildlife. The Biodomes will be located in the Al Hajar Mountains, the eastern region of UAE. The ecotourism project will provide facilities for a wildlife conservation centre, as well as an adventure-based wilderness retreat. The Biodomes will also raise awareness on the importance of mountain biodiversity through educational programmes.
Baharash Architecture (Read our earlier interview with Baharash Bagherian, Design Director and Founder of Baharash Architecture) were tasked with the design which features three self-sustaining biodomes.
Baharash Bagherian explains, “The bioclimatic indoor environments will provide visitors with thermal comfort, restorative and therapeutic benefits”.
The design provides visitors with a unique experience and a sense of being outside in nature. Visitors will also enjoy organic local cuisine in the restaurant which offers amazing views of the beautiful landscape. Some of the project’s environmental features include 100% renewable energy, recycling waste water on site for irrigation and onsite waste management.
The semi-subterranean typology provides passive cooling benefits. The structures are made from prefabricated components to minimise disruption and allow fast assembly on site
The visitor experience is designed to be in harmony with nature. The internal environments aim to provide restorative and therapeutic benefits
The Biodomes will also raise awareness on the importance of mountain biodiversity through educational programmes.
Visitors will also enjoy organic local cuisine in the restaurant which offers amazing views of the beautiful landscape. Onsite organic allotments provide fresh produce for the restaurant.
Ultimately the Biodomes will raise awareness on the importance of mountain biodiversity.