Masterplan Lead Consultant: Machado Silvetti Associates


The landscape proposals sought to integrate the Oasis with the surrounding parts of the City, emphasizing the cultural importance of it at the heart of the nation. This process entailed gaining an understanding of the physical and social context of the Oasis, the function of the aflaj, as well as the economic and symbolic importance of the palm tree.

The intention of the scheme was to strengthen the identity of Al Ain Oasis, creating a cultural quarter which will accommodate, amongst other things, a revitalized souk, the Al Ain Oasis Visitor Centre, the National Museum as well as the Centre for Music in the Islamic World. The landscape masterplan proposals explore ways these buildings can be delivered sensitively within the context of the Oasis, whilst making a series of complimentary interventions within its walls that will make it attractive to visitors and reinforce its status as a potential world heritage site.