The Biodomes project aims to boost ecotourism and conserve the mountainous regions of UAE, which are home to rare species of Arabian wildlife.
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 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 were tasked with the design which features three self-sustaining biodomes. The structures will be made from prefabricated components to minimise disruption and allow fast assembly on site. The semi-subterranean typology provides passive cooling benefits and is in harmony with nature. 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 opportunities of Sustainable Tourism
Sustainable tourism brings many benefits to host communities whilst also enhancing travellers’ experience. It can increase employment and provide long-term income-earning opportunities for locals. It can help to conserve natural heritage, biodiversity and local ecosystems. Sustainable Tourism also aims to provide the same level of benefits to future generations. This can be achieved by ensuring that our activities today do not compromise the needs of future generations. Given that the Travel & Tourism industry is expected to continue growing faster than the global economy and most other major industries, shifting the balance towards sustainable tourism has become a necessity.
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