Regional, Urban Planning & Urban Design

Working with relevant specialists for each  project, be it economists, sociologist , ecologists, architects, utilities engineers, scientists, as well as real estate advisors, DAR AL OMRAN’s planning approach always links disciplines, places, people and strategic initiatives, with continuous endeavor of engaging stakeholders and the public as frequently as possible.

The community's own culture plays a significant role in the regional, urban and master planning process in order to create an enhanced urban environment and quality of life that is able to narrate the history and resonate the beautiful details of “place”, by forging consensus around visions, principles and strategic directions of each unique assignment.

PROJECTS

  • 1991-NEW INT. ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

     

     

    Client:: University’s Administration

    Location: Malaysia

    Services Provided: Planning & Architectural Design Review

    Total Built-up Area: 150,000m²2

    Construction Cost US $ 150,000,000

    Starting Date : 1991

    CompletionDate::19911

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The project is located in the city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The project was designed in three phases. It consists of a number of facilities including administration building, colleges, a multi-purpose building, laboratories, hospital, post office, lecture halls, central library, shops, cafeteria, students accommodation buildings, workshops and the College of Engineering. All the buildings are set amidst landscaped areas, gardens and playgrounds. Work also included services and parking areas. The architectural character reflects local and regional heritage expressed in a contemporary image.

     

  • 1997-JORDAN Second TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

     

     

    Client:: Aqaba Regional AuthorityLocation:: Wadi Rum - Jordan

    ServicesProvided::  Design

    Total Built-upArea::  4,000,000m²2

    ConstructionCost : US $ 10,330,000

    Starting Date : 1997

    CompletionDate::19999

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Jordan’s Second Tourism Development Project was funded by the World Bank. Representing the active and unified efforts of the Aqaba Regional Authority, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, this Project included the study and development of the existing village, the creation of a new village, as well as the design of a visitor’s centre, an entrance gateway, in addition to a design of a new road and infrastructure, and the conservation of the environment through the implantation of plants and trees that are compatible with one the distinctive nature of Wadi Rum.

     

     

  • 1997-SIDON SEA FRONT

     

     

     

    Clien  : Civil Planning Directorate

    Locatio  : Sidon - Lebanon

    ServicesProvided:d Design Competition, Design

    Total SiteArea:: 4Km²2

    ConstructionCost:t US $ 300,000,000

    StartingDate:: 1997

    CompletionDate:e 1999

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    After winning the international competition in architecture and master planning, the design developed a well- balanced urban city which became one of the pilot projects in urban planning and architectural design, it provides an integrated model comprising of buildings and multipurpose squares within the urban fabric.

     

    This project included the development of Sidon current waterfront and its old city, in addition to setting a new layout for the whole district, which would contribute to the building’s design that respect aspects of history and tradition of the place and that highlights the architectural development eras of the city of Sidon over the years.

     

     

  • 2000-AL ZAWYA CENTRE

     

     

    Client:: Al Zawya CouncilLocation:: Al Zawya - Libya

    ServicesProvided:d Urban Design

    Site Area:: 120 Hectare

    StartingDate:: 2000

    CompletionDate:e 2001

    Main Consultant : Consulting Engineering Office for Public Utilities

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The project mainly aims to develop Urban Design for Al-Zawiya city-centre in Libya. The scope of work involves analysis of Urban, Architectural, Transportation, Infrastructural, Environmental, Economic and Demographic aspects in the city centre in order to develop an urban design that shall support the development of Al Zawya City-centre.

    The developed Urban Design covers zoning and distribution of land uses, developing detailed urban design for selected areas, developing urban design standards and guidelines, landscape design for selected areas, preparing action plan, typical elevations, sections and perspectives in addition to 3D modelling for the project area.

     

     

  • 2000-JABAL OMAR

     

     

     

    Clien  : Makkah Construction & Development CompanyLocation:: Makkah - Saudi Arabia

    ServicesProvided:: Design Competition

    Total Built-upArea:a 372,000m²2

    ConstructionCost:: US $ 195,300,000

    StartingDate:: 2000

    CompletionDate:e 2000

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Located just outside al-Haram, this Project consists of exclusive apartment buildings of 6-12 storeys and underground parking to access the apartments, whereas these buildings are grouped to create small neighbourhoods while retaining the families’ privacy, it also includes the transportation and infrastructure systems for this urban setting.

     

    Inspired by the identity and rich heritage of Mecca Al-Mukkarameh in an organic urban composition, that blends in with its surroundings, the design also focused on using materials that the traditional architecture has been known to use, where the use of stones and Rouachin’s, in addition to terraces on the roof, which added a rich and unique architectural character to the buildings.

     

     

  • 2003-SOUQ BAB AL MADINA

     

     

    Client:: National Resources Investment and Development CorporationLocation:: Zarqa - Jordan

    Services Provided : Concept Master Planning

    StartingDate:: 200

     

     

  • 2003-HERITAGE VILLAGE

     

     

    Clien  : Kuwait Government

    Locatio  : Sharq - Kuwait City

    Services Provide  : Urban Planning & Design

    Total Built-upArea:: 36,000m²2

    ConstructionCost:: US $ 35,000,000

    StartingDate:: 2003

    CompletionDate:: 2003

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Inspiring the local residents and adding a sense of pride, The Heritage Village ambitious urban project is located in the centre of Kuwait city, achieving a strong visual connection to the historical waterfront, as well as the traditional urban fabric of the city.

     

    Providing the site with new and vital commercial and cultural facilities for the residents, such as the Seif Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Grand State Mosque, The Heritage Village preserves and integrates the existing heritage structures of Kuwait while keeping the optimal pedestrian and vehicular traffic circulation

     

     

  • 2003-BOUREGREG VALLEY DEVELOPMENT

     

     

    Client:: Project Management Group

    Locatio  : Rabat - Sala (Morocco)

    ServicesProvided:: Urban Development / Master plan &Planning

    Site Are  : 5,000 Hectares

    ConstructionCost:t US $ 4,700,000,000

    StartingDate:: 2003

    CompletionDate:e 2004

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The planning concept of the project aims at defining and enhancing the Valley’s socio-cultural, economical, environmental and historical characteristics along the water stream between the new constructed dam and the Atlantic Ocean coastline where the two neighboring cities (Rabat and Salah) are located. The planning process aim is at re-fertilizing the valley area to bridge the social and cultural gap which exists between the two cities. The study also includes a series of development zones along both sides of the water stream introducing a number of scenarios such as, the Sea Gate – the Great Plaza – Al-Qasba Island and ending with waterreservoirs.s

     

     

  • 2003-AL-SHAMEYAH

     

     

    Client:: Aqar HoldingLocation:: Makkah - Saudi Arabia

    ServicesProvided:: Planning & Urban Development

    SiteArea:: 4,710,000m²2

    Constructioncost:: US $ 3 Billions

    StartingDate:: 2003

    CompletionDate:e 2004

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Al-Shameyah District Development covers an area of about 140 hectares with a total built up area of 4,710,000m².. It is mainly composed of residential (both temporary and permanent apartments), hotels (with different categories) and commercial uses. The aim was to develop a new vision for this important zone located at the northern ridge of Makkah Al-Mukkarmakeh central district.

     

    Due to the yearly increase inflow of pilgrims and worshippers, and the need to expand the Haram area, the vision of a comprehensive development and policy was needed for this zone.

     

  • 2004-INVESTMENT PROJECT IN KUWAIT

     

     

     

     

  • 2004-AJLOUN & SWIEMEH PROJECT

     

     

     

    Clien  : Al Khorafi Group

    Locatio   : Ajloun & Swiemeh - Jordan

    Services Provide  : Concept Design

    Total Site Are  : 130,000m²2

    Construction Cost : US $ 118,000,000

    StartingDate:: 2004

    CompletionDate:e 200:

     

     

  • 2004-BURJ KHALIFA AREA DEVELOPMENT

     

     

     

    Clien   : Emaar

    Locatio  : Dubai – United Arab Emirates

    Services Provide   : Planning & Urban Development

    Site Are  : 416.2 Acers

    Starting Dat  : 2004

    CompletionDate:e 2004

     

    Project Description:

     

    The Burj Dubai project is an important urban development project, because its location in the metropolitan city of Dubai and because of its large urban area (416.2 Acers) that will certainly affect the surrounding urban development trends in the city of Dubai.

     

     

  • 2004-URBAN PLANNING FOR WADI AMMAN

     

     

     

    Clien  : Government of H.K.J

    Locatio  : Amman - Jordan

    Services Provided : Planning & Urban Development

    Site Are  : 110 Hectares

    ConstructionCost:t US $ 425,500,000

    StartingDate:: 2004

    CompletionDate:e 2004

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The project’s strategy combines upgrading the social-economical profile of the area as well as the urban morphological structure, as it represents developing the urban faric in a balanced manner.

     

    Situated within the strategic location and historical significance of the center of Amman, connecting it to Zarqa, Jordan's second largest city, The Urban Planning for Wadi Amman project captures the importance of the site as the eastern gateway to the Capital.

     

    With an evolutional well-planned process of the whole city center of Amman, this project will serve as a model and an inspiration for investors to develop other existing active areas and sites in Amman and in other cities in Jordan.

     

     

  • 2004-MARTYRS SQUARE COMPETITION

     

     

     

    Clien  : SolidereLocation:: Beirut - Lebanon

    Services Provide   : Planning & Urban Development

    Site Are  : 675,000m²2

    Construction Cost : US $ 600,000,000

    StartingDate:: 2004

    CompletionDate:e 2004

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The Martyrs Square is a place in the City that is in continuous transformation since the middle of the 19th century up to the present.  From being a maydan or mountazah during Ottoman times to becoming a puzzling transportation hub, a commemorative space, and entertainment center (a place for all) during the second half of the 20th century.  During these different moments of transformations, the Square had remained the main undisputed public space par excellence in Beirut.  Therefore, the Square enjoys multi-layers of significance and symbolizes national unity in Lebanon.  It can be easily stated that the history of urban and social transformation in Beirut can be represented through the continuous changes and transformations that took place at the MartyrsSquare.e

     

    Our main objective in this competition is to create at Martyrs Square a modern space, a common ground that works to reassert public space and public sphere (an active and critical civic society).  Martyrs Square should become again a common ground (for all) and a place where the individual is "transformed" and "elevated."  During the Civil War, Lebanese found refuge in different diverse places based on tribalism, power of families, and confessional belief systems.  This was represented through the emergence of diverse "public places."  The objective of this project is to reintroduce Martyrs Square as the "public place" par excellence and as a common ground for all.

    Incidentally, the infamous "Green Lines" during the War acquired their notorious label when shrubs and bushes sprouted from its tarmac after years of neglect and deterioration divided the city into East and West Beirut.  One of these Green Lines is the notorious Old Damascus Road which terminates in the Square.  Now, this same space that once divided the city will become its common ground that brings it together.

     

  • 2004-AL-QUOZ LAND DEVELOPMENT

     

     

     

    Clien  : Estithmaar Realty

    Locatio  : Dubai – United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided : Planning & Urban Development

    Total Built-upArea:a 1,475,000m²2

    ConstructionCost:t US $ 2,225,000,000

    Starting Dat  : 2004

    CompletionDate:e 2004

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Al-Quoz area is one of the areas designated for the expatriate low-income housing projects in the city of Dubai, and this specific project is the first project in this area. The project is to set a didactic example for further developments within the area and in the field of feasible investments in low-income housing. It comprises a residential neighborhood with all required facilities and services. The consultant proposal for the development project reveals a highly productive land area; which is expected in a low-income housing project, while at the same time maintaining the satisfactory habitable standard and high quality of living environment.

     

     

  • 2005-KING ABDULLAH BEN ABDULAZIZ  CITY

     

     

    Clien  : The National Resources Investment and Development Corporation (MAWARED)

    Locatio  : Zarqa - Jordan

    Services Provide   : Planning & Urban Development (Infrastructure)

    Total Built-up Area : 2,350,000m²2

    Construction Cost : US $ 30,000,000

    Starting Dat  : 2005

    CompletionDate:e 2008

     

    Total site Area

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    Project Description:

     

     

    The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saoud City was designed in collaboration with The National Resources Investment and Development Corporation (MAWARED) based on the master plan for the development of new urban settings in the city of Zarqa, with a total site area of 2350000m²,, and includes all the needed infrastructure designs for roads, walkways, surface water drainage, as well as sewage and domestic water networks in addition to an elevated water reservoir and a firefighting network.

     

     

  • 2006-BARARY ABU-DHABI

     

     

     

    Client:: Abwab- Real Estate CompanyLocation:: Dubai – United Arab Emirates

    ServicesProvided:d Planning Architectural and Landscape design.

    Total Built-up Area : 6,485,000m²2

    ConstructionCost:t US $ 675 million

    StartingDate:: 2006

    CompletionDate:e 2008

     

     

    Project Description

     

     

    The second phase urban design strategy in Al-Barari city aims to create a refreshing oasis in the middle of the desert near Dubai Land, which offers a holistic set of services for residents and guests who wish to escape and seek a unique lifestyle in a sustainable environment.

     

    15 minutes away from Dubai, Al Barari Development Project includes freehold residential apartments, two boutique and business hotels, as well as a spa and a wellness resort, with a cultural center, botanical gardens along with retail and commercial facilities, which are all considered key components of this project.

     

  • 2006-AL-MAGHRIB AL-ARABI HOUSING VILLAGE

     

     

    Client:t Al-Maghrib Al-Arabi Family Housing Village Administration (Regata)

    Locatio  : Tripoli - Libya

    ServicesProvided:: Urban Master Planning

    SiteArea:: 100 Hectar

    Construction Cos  : US $ 200,000,000

    Starting Dat  : 2006

    CompletionDate:e 2008

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Al-Maghrib Al-Arabi Housing Village is part of the extension and rehabilitation of the master plan for the old village. With its distinctive façade on the sea, a pedestrian walk on the waterfront, and the presence of elements of water features within the urban fabric giving the village a new and unique character.

     

    This village consists of 820 housing units and villas along with hotel apartments with a capacity for 4100 residents. The Village is fully equipped with all the required infrastructure utilities that include a Marina, Jockey Club, coffee shops and restaurants, a golf course and a children's nursery, it also includes an office tower holding up to 15200 employees with a shopping mall located at the southern front façade facing the main road with a children nursery.

     

     

  • 2006-ADEN PORT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

     

     

     

    Clien  :Port Cities Development Program (PCDP)Location:nAden  Port - Yemen

    ServicesProvided:nUrban  Development,  Rehabilitation

    Total Built-UpArea:50,0000m²2

    ConstructionCost:: US $ 770,000

    Starting Dat  :2006

    CompletionDate:20077

    Main Consultan  :Carl Bro

     

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Gold Mohor Beach is around 700m long and a popular recreation and leisure area with Aden residents and visitors alike.

    The beach area varies in width between 35 to 110 metres.

    Key actions area to:

    Establish Beach Management Agency.

    Clean area/beach from rubbish.

    Finalise the concept for beach.

    Establish community development programme.

    Seek partners for food court and other operators.

    Redesign car park/widening promenade.

    Design and implement 1st phase beach improvements - zoning (cafe/facilities, family area, sailing centre, beach volley ball) shade structures.

    Landscape beach.

     

     

  • 2006-AQABA REGION LAND USE

     

     

    Client:: ASEZA Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority

    Locatio  : Aqaba Region - Jordan

    Services Provide  : Land Use Strategies, GIS Maps & Reports

    SiteArea:: 6904.5km²2

    ConstructionCost:t US $ 45,000,000

    StartingDate:: 2006

    CompletionDate:e 2007

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The aim of this project is to Gathering, analyzing and documenting the information and studies about the existing conditions in Aqaba Region in order to prepare a Land use strategies and GIS maps to serve the region for the next 20 years. The study to divide the land according to its characteristic: agriculture, geology, tourism, urban, with all services like schools and hospitals …etc. and infra services like water, electricity and sewer ….etc..

    Developing a sustainable strategy of the region for a long term period (20 years). Achieve balanced development within the region from the equivalent relationship between the Centre and the parties.

    Reduce the disparity of negative economic and social level between Aqaba region and ASEZA.
    Optimum utilization of natural resources and increase potentials available in the region.
    Preserve the agricultural land as much as possible, adequate with the available water resources.

    Stop the flow of resettlement from rural to urban zone.
    Improve the quality of life and raise the standard of living of the residents in the region.
    Raise the efficiency of transportation and communications prevent the indiscriminate proliferation of the population

     

     

  • 2007-AL – FATEH & NASSIR UNIVERSITIES

     

     

     

    Clien  : ODACLocation:: Tripoli - Libya

    Services Provided : Urban Master Planning

    Site Are  : (335) Hectar

    Construction Cost : US $ 700,000,000

    Starting Dat  : 2007

    CompletionDate:e 2008

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Rehabilitation of Al – Fateh (scientific Faculties) & Nasser ( Art Faculties ) Universities Master plan including removal of group of existing buildings & renovation of other group & other group & construction of new buildings ( about 70 academic & administrative buildings) . The studies included rehabilitation of traffic, landscape, infrastructure networks & utilities together with evaluation of existing situation including area survey, functions, structural conditions, photographical survey & existing water, sewage, electricity, telephone, roads & parking area networks& utilities.

     

     

  • 2007-THE DEVELOPMENT OF CENTRAL AREA

     

     

     

    Clien   : Riyadh Development Authority

    Locatio  : Dereyyah - Saudi Arabia

    Services Provide  : Architectural Design & Landscaping

    Total Built-up Are   : 35,000m²2

    Construction Cos   : US $ 320,000,000

    Starting Dat  : 2007

    Completion Date : 2009

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    To revive Albjeri area through understanding the place and its history starting from the past through the present to the future based on a clear vision depends on understanding that the past serves as a crossing bridge with steady paces and clear enlightened orientations towards the future.

    These titles requires us to give each stage its entitled time to express and highlight its important role in the wheel of time, but this revival must take in consideration the special culture, form, climate and agricultural nature of the site and not breach the functions of the buildings. Meanwhile, the architectural treatment should be simple and understandable thus; it will be environmentally a suitable relaxation venue for the people of Riyadh and reflects the civilization and culture of the countryside.

    The entrances of the project reflect the previous tower location through the optical axes to Turaif. Combination between the new buildings and the existing ones will generate civilization dialogue. Through these optical axes, people can see enjoy watching Al-Turaif from many positions. To watch the places closely, people will prefer to walk instead of using cars. So they will have their chance to enjoy walking sport which had been revoked by cars in modern cities. Walker will pass different environments such as water environment (represented by the Pond), agricultural environment (represented by the escarpments) and then social and functional nature (represented by the buildings).

    The Building of Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdul Wahab foundation, adjacent to Albjeri area, reflects the personality of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdul Wahab and his ideology and philosophy which depends on coming back to the roots of Islam.  This building will be constructed in a simple way following the same architectural concept of the Prophet Holy Mosque which, uses the primary natural materials such as palm stems as columns, palm leaves for the roofs to provide the sky light and reflect the sequence of day and night inside the building, the space of the Prophet mosque with its sacredness and design makes the visitor remember the judgment day. Mohammed Bin Abdulwahab foundation design is not depending on dazzling sight but on simplicity to make it easy to understand the meanings of this spiritual Islamic heritage. The goal of the building is to identify the message of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdul Wahab to the visitor by raising his curiosity through dealing with the sun light to imitate the day and night succession. So the environment (light & shadow) inside the building will vary every moment in harmony with the day time. This cosmic phenomenon (day & night succession) is understandable for both Muslim and non-Muslim in all eras.

    The mosque will be the most important element in the project as a religious center just like Prophet Mohammed (P.B.O.H), surrounded by buildings. The mosque and the building will form an educational and activities fence. This fence goes through a network that located at an angle from the existing mosque which is oriented to the Kiblah while the educational fence oriented to Turaif.

    The sloping roof surface can be used as an educational theater available for the visitors even while the foundation is closed. The gradual slope of the roof makes it easy for people to climb for meditation and watching Al-Turaif. This has a heritage value because people of Al-Turaif used to use the roofs as a living area.

    The metallic shelter above the sloping roof forms a climatic umbrella which flirts light and shadow to put emphasis on the idea of linking project to the day and night sequence. Moreover, the metallic shelter above the sloping roof oriented to Kiblah and the metal columns represent the palm stems that previously used in the Prophet Mosque. These columns Penetrate the wall to allow the expecting developing in the future.

    The celebratory corridor leading to Turaif through Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdul Wahab foundation library, this corridor links Turaif political foundation to the religious reference (Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahab), this corridor opens whenever we come close to this tradition architecture which seems as a gate to the renewable knowledge that Keeps pace with the changing time.

     

     

     

  • 2010-ZARA DEAD SEA RESORT

     

     

     

    Clien  : Jordan Dubai Properties

    Locatio  : Dead Sea - Jordan

    Services Provide  : Urban Planning Study

    Total Built-upArea:a 154,000m²2

    Starting Dat  : 2010

    Completion Dat   : 2010J.V.  : TPA

     

     

    Project Description:

     

     

    The project is located at the Dead Sea shore far from Hotels area for about 22kmm .The Dead Sea is one of the most unique features on planet Earth. Between this spot in Jordan and Mount Everest in the Himalayas, lays the rest of the world. When you submerge yourself to the neck in the water of the Dead Sea, you would be in the lowest point the face of Earth – 416 meters below the shores of the Mediterranean

    The project mainly is a mixed use development consists of 3 Hotel buildings, Health club spa, Residential, Retail area & Restaurants.

     

     

  • 2008-HUDAYRIAT ISLAND

     

     

    Client:: UPCLocation:: Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
    Services Provide   : Urban & Master Planning - Design Competition

    Total Built-up Area : 25,000km²2

    Construction Cos   : US $ 50 million

    Starting Date  : 2008

    Completion Date : 2008

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Redefining the traditional island while incorporating a more eco-friendly and harmonious environment, the Hudayriat Island Master Plan with a total site area of 25000km²,, and reflects the historical and cultural values of the region set by H.H Shiekh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan back in the 1960s.

     

    The Hudayriat Island Master Plan emphasizes the relationship between land and sea, the Master Plan inspires naturally shaped islands that embody the subterranean sea life formations, which are a proof of the harmony and integration within the ecological system.