Effect of Adding Vegetation and Applying a Plants Buffer on Urban Community in Dubai

By Hanan Taleb.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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In a hot arid environment, like Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), having a plant buffer can be of the utmost importance. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of adding buffer landscaping in achieving a more comfortable microclimate at an urban level. A recent community in Dubai was chosen to act as a case study for this paper. The case was analysed before and after applying the plant buffer. Specific plants were chosen, surrounding the city to block the community from air pollution. This kind of plant can take out pollution and refresh the air by retaining the dirt. The trees are pollution tolerant and can tolerate a large amount of dirt, which exists in the air. By using the ENVI-Met as well as Flow Design and Revit simulation packages, analysis shows that the community benefited in terms of dusty wind and temperature reductions by applying buffer landscaping around it. As a final note, whilst this paper mainly focuses on Gulf countries and buildings, it may be argued that many of the research outcomes are relevant to a variety of countries especially those with similar social and environmental conditions to the UAE.

Keywords: Urban Community, Dubai, ENVI-met, Flow Design, Buffer Landscaping

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.37-49. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 25, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.663MB)).

Dr. Hanan Taleb

Assistant Professor, Sustainable Design of Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering, British University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates