The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation has today announced plans to redevelop a 125,000sqm park in the heart of Abu Dhabi, and will offer a sneak preview to thousands of visitors tomorrow (April 22) at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, the UAE Capital’s premier real estate investment and development exhibition.

Al Fayah Park will be located on Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street opposite the Dome@Rawdhat, and will be showcased for the first time at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, which runs from April 22-24.

The new park, inspired by the beauty of the desert landscape, is being designed by London-based Thomas Heatherwick, whose studio is behind world-class projects including the award-winning UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, the Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and London’s new Garden Bridge.

Construction of the park will commence immediately after the design phase is completed at the end of 2014, with its gates opening for the public by the early 2017.

Al Fayah Park will feature play areas, exercise paths, an organic fruit and vegetable garden which will supply the cafes and restaurants in the park, along with an oasis of flowers and plants native to the GCC.

The park will also have a dedicated public library, picnic area, mosque, outdoor cinema, and indoor/outdoor arenas to host live performances, local festivals and community activities.

Iman Khouri, Communications Manager at Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, said: “The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation is committed to creating sustainable and lasting contributions that enhance the UAE community’s wellbeing.”

“Al Fayah Park is one such contribution, offering a beautiful and iconic space for the community to come together and create special memories with friends and family. The park will incorporate a plethora of activities and unique features that support the Foundation’s key pillars of education, arts, culture, heritage, and health.

“It will be reminiscent of traditional design inspired by the UAE desert, but thoroughly modern in its presentation that will attract both local residents and international visitors alike. As such, it puts Abu Dhabi among the world’s leading global cities for innovative outdoor public spaces.”