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- Aqaba Region Land Use

    Aqaba Region Land Use

     

    Client: ASEZA Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority

    Location: Aqaba Region - Jordan

    Services Provided: Land Use Strategies, GIS Maps & Reports

    Site Area: 6904.5 km2

    Construction Cost: US $ 45,000,000

    Starting Date: 2006

    Completion Date: 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.

     

  • 1997- Jordan Second Tourism Development

    Jordan Second Tourism Development Wadi Rum Master Plan

     

    Client: Aqaba Regional Authority

    Location: Wadi Rum - Jordan

    Services Provided: Design

    Total Village Area: 4,000,000 m2

    Construction Cost:  US $ 10,330,000

    Starting Date: 1997

    Completion Date: 1999

     

    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 Development Master Plan

    Sidon Sea Front Development Master Plan

     

    Client: Civil Planning Directorate

    Location: Sidon - Lebanon

    Services Provided: Design Competition, Design

    Total Site Area: 4 Km2

    Construction Cost: US $ 300,000,000

    Starting Date: 1997

    Completion Date: 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 Center

    Al Zawya Centre

     

    Client: Al Zawya Council

    Location: Al Zawya - Libya

    Services Provided: Urban Design

    Site  Area: 120 Hectare

    Starting Date: 2000

    Completion Date: 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 center 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 modeling for the project area.

     

  • 2000- Jabal Omar

    Jabal Omar

     

    Client: Makkah Construction & Development Company

    Location: Makkah - Saudi Arabia

    Services Provided: Design Competition

    Total Built-up Area: 372,000 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 195,300,000

    Starting Date: 2000

    Completion Date: 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-Mukarramah 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

    Souq Bab Al Madina - Zarqa

     

    Client: National Resources Investment and Development Corporation

    Location: Zarqa - Jordan

    Services Provided: Concept Master Planning

    Starting Date: 2003

     

  • 2003- Heritage Village

    Heritage Village

     

    Client: Kuwait Government

    Location: Sharq - Kuwait City

    Services Provided: Urban Planning & Design

    Total Built-up Area: 36,000 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 35,000,000

    Starting Date: 2003

    Completion Date: 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.

     

  • 2004-Bouregreg Valley Development

    Bouregreg Valley Development

     

    Client: Project Management Group

    Location: Rabat - Sala (Morocco)

    Services Provided: Urban Development / Master Plan & Planning

    Site Area: 5,000 Hectares

    Construction Cost: US $ 4,700,000,000

    Starting Date: 2003

    Completion Date: 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 water reservoirs.

  • 2004- Al-Shameyah District Development

    Al-Shameyah District Development

     

    Client: Aqar Holding

    Location: Makkah - Saudi Arabia

    Services Provided: Planning & Urban Development

    Site Area: 4,710,000 m2

    Construction cost: US $ 3 Billions

    Starting Date: 2003

    Completion Date: 2004

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    Al-Shameyah District Development covers an area of about 140 hectares with a total built up area of 4,710,000 m2. 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

    Ajloun & Swiemeh Project

     

    Client: Al Khorafi Group

    Location: Ajloun & Swiemeh - Jordan

    Services Provided: Concept Design

    Total Site Area: 130,000 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 118,000,000

    Starting Date: 2004

    Completion Date: 2004

     

  • 2004- Burj Khalifa Area Development

    Burj Khalifa Area Development

     

    Client: Emaar

    Location: Dubai – United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided: Planning & Urban Development

    Site Area: 416.2 Acres

    Starting Date: 2004

    Completion Date: 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

    Urban Planning for Wadi Amman

     

    Client: Government of H.K.J

    Location: Amman - Jordan

    Services Provided: Planning & Urban Development

    Site Area: 110 Hectares

    Construction Cost: US $ 425,500,000

    Starting Date: 2004

    Completion Date: 2004

     

     

     

    Project Description:

     

    The project’s strategy combines upgrading the socio-economic profile of the area as well as the urban morphological structure, as it represents developing the urban fabric 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

    Martyrs’ Square

     

    Client: Solidere

    Location: Beirut - Lebanon

    Services Provided: Planning & Urban Development

    Site Area: 675,000 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 600,000,000

    Starting Date: 2004

    Completion Date: 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 Martyrs Square

     

    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

    Al-Quoz Land Development

     

    Client: Estithmaar Realty

    Location: Dubai – United Arab Emirates

    Services Provided: Planning & Urban Development

    Total Built-up Area: 1,475,000 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 2,225,000,000

    Starting Date: 2004

    Completion Date: 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- K. Abdullah Ben Abdulaziz City

    King Abdullah Ben Abdulaziz Al Saoud City

     

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

    Location: Zarqa - Jordan

    Services Provided: Planning & Urban Development (Infrastructure)

    Total Built-up Area: 2,350,000 m2

    Construction Cost: US $ 30,000,000

    Starting Date: 2005

    Completion Date: 2008

     

    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 2350000 m2, 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.