Work on Dh100m Lebanon Resort Set to Start in Jan

DUBAI - Construction work on the Dh100 million Lebanon resort in The World project, will start in January 2010, according to its architect.

The Lebanon Island, being developed by an Indian investor, Wakheel Ahmed, is a 76-suite resort with 10 water cottages, health club, swimming pool, restaurants and suite rooms, said N. Salim of NM Salim and Associates, an Indian architectural firm.

Salim, who has won the Karnataka Government award for building design, said energy-saving and ecology-friendly architecture is best-suited for the UAE and the Middle East.

He claimed that traditional Indian architecture, which is cost-effective and environment-friendly, would be suitable for region. Cost-efficiency in constuction can be achieved through optimimum utilisation of resources, technologies, materials. Salim said large-scale use of glass for building façade in the Middle East needs to be restricted as such buildings consume lot of energy. “Glass architecture is not only expensive but also unsustainable given the region’s hot weather condition. Glass facades are suitable for the cold European climate and not for the Middle East which is blessed with abundance of sunlight and heat,” he said. NM Salim and Associates, based in Kerala, has a portfolio of more than 200 projects in India and abroad.


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