Integrated with thousands of trees and shrubs, Dubai’s first vertical forest skyscrapers will be a refreshing change for the emirate’s skyline

Dubai is a land of arching skyscrapers, desserts, and the best shopping malls. However, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the country lacks in the greenery department. And here to make up for it is the Italian studio – Stefano Boeri Architetti.

The marquee has recently introduced its vertical forest concept for a pair of skyscrapers (arranged into a V-shape and connected by a shared podium) in Dubai. As part of it, the twin buildings ( measuring 190 m and 150 m ) will be covered with thousands of green wonders– precisely 2,640 trees and 27,600 shrubs on the facades, along with “a system of greenhouses and hydroponic gardens”.

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Commenting on it, Stefano Boeri Architetti in a statement said, “The project, commissioned by Impact One, represents the first Vertical Forest prototype for the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) area with the aim of integrating the benefits of urban forestry…together with innovations as part of the management of the water system in arid climates and the optimization of energy production from renewable sources.”

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The skyscrapers will further include a desalination and grey water recovery system, alongside photovoltaic surfaces that will contribute clean energy to the towers. Stefano Boeri Architetti unveiled the project details at the recently held COP27 climate change conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, however, there’s no word on its commencement or completion date yet.

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