Winning team: Studio Dar
Team members: Dheyaa Dheyaa, Elham El Dweik, Nadine Ammar - American University in Dubai
Elissa Sebaaly - King’s College London
Advisors: Abdellatif Qamhaieh
Studio Dar’s vision of a green and thriving neighbourhood is one that is truly diverse and inclusive, a reflection of the spirit of Dubai being a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. As well as a neighbourhood that is not dependent on cars but walkable and safe with sustainable transportation options. ‘La Karama’ aims to apply these concepts using a bottom-up approach that first and foremost caters to the users of the area and invites others to visit it. Different forms of public spaces are considered, the addition of bike lanes, public seating areas, and increased walkability. ‘La Karama’ offers the following: urban gyms, urban libraries and art centres, urban outdoor music bars, as well as a new parking structure and adding more vegetation to the area.
- La Karma will offer low-budget solutions such as increased vegetation and shading devices.
- Creation of recreational zones that are safe, varied, and appealing increases the overall quality of life in the area.
Find more information about the project here.
Presentation of the siteAl Karama is one of the older neighbourhoods in Dubai, located to the north of downtown. It is a predominantly low rise residential area with many buildings having retail units on the ground floor. It is one of the most populated areas in Dubai, with a diverse set of residents calling it home. The site is incredibly accessible, with a major metro station connecting the area directly to the city centre and airport.
While the area has large natural attractions and features nearby, such as the Dubai Creek, Zabeel Park, and Karama Park – many of the streets lack vegetation, places to rest or relax and are dominated by concrete structures and cars. Alongside this walking and cycling connections to these wider attractions are limited and lack thermal comfort.
The site chosen for this competition is situated around the metro station. To increase metro patronage, and therefore reduce emissions associated with private transportation, greater investment is needed in the area around the station. The streets and spaces connecting residents to the metro need to be regenerated to develop a safe, enjoyable and attractive environment.
Approx. site area
The Al Karama area has an overall population of approx. 76000. The identified site is part of this dense neighborhood