New sustainable vertical resort proposed for Dubai, UAE

New sustainable vertical resort proposed for Dubai, UAE

The forest-filled hotel will feature running trails, climbing walls and zip lines through the landscaped atria

International architecture firm OBMI has unveiled plans for a vertical resort named Aera.

With more than 85 years experience and roots in Bermuda, where it has worked with sensitive environments such as the Caribbean, OBMI is dedicated to creating sustainable solutions. 

It recognises that vertical architecture minimises the footprint of a structure in areas where land is in short supply, while reducing its environmental impact on the surrounding area.

The proposed vertical resort 

Aera will hold seven distinct districts: dining, art, fashion, drama, garden, wellness and family. A transparent outer membrane encases a tree and vegetation-filled interior set over the multiple levels and walking trails lined with greenery will feature vegetables and herbs grown for use in the resort’s farm-to-table dining concepts.

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Speaking about Aera, OBMI managing director, Dubai, Tareq El Zayat said: “Designed to seamlessly integrate into the skyline of major cities like Dubai, Aera Vertical Resort was conceived to reimagine the notion of domestic tourism. Without sacrificing the indulgences typically found on remote and exclusive destinations, guests of Aera can enjoy transformational experiences through imaginative architecture that celebrates culture, community and environment.”


Aera senior lead designer Islam El Mashtooly added: “With Aera, we want to integrate the biophilic relationship into the design and increase the functionality and psychological benefits."

Biophilic design is used in architecture to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment.

“It would be exciting to see local visitors and guests enjoying the immersion in nature while they’re on-site, utilising the running trails that loop through the internal forest, climbing walls and zip lines through the landscaped atria, all with views out over the city," continued Mashtooly. "This would be an entirely new hospitality experience in the city.”

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