Majid Al Futtaim Properties launches first forest living community in Dubai

by Staff Reporter
Majid Al Futtaim’s Ghaf Woods

The concept which was initially introduced earlier this year at MIPIM 2024, an international real estate event held in Cannes, France, embraces a harmonious living experience marked by thriving greenery, enhanced connectivity, and unrivalled sustainability.

Majid Al Futtaim’s Ghaf Woods

Commenting on the highly anticipated launch, Ahmed El Shamy, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Properties, said: “The launch of Ghaf Woods represents an important moment for Majid Al Futtaim. As we enter the fourth decade of creating great moments for our customers, partners and community members, this launch represents a re-founding moment for us to create something never seen before and offer residents a truly unique experience, reconfirming our position as the lifestyle pioneers in the region.

“Ghaf Woods is more than just a new community – it’s the beginning of a new chapter in premium developments with creative and sustainable community design at its core and we are confident that its appeal will extend far beyond the UAE,” he added.

Set to be released in eight phases between now and 2031, Ghaf Woods will cover 738,000 square metres of land off the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Highway, near Global Village. With more than 7,000 premium units set within a woodland, including one, two and three bedrooms, as well as penthouses, residents can expect perfect views of the forest ecosystem.

Forest made up of 35,000 trees

The development is poised to redefine indoor-outdoor living, anchoring its world-class design and architecture in the surrounding natural environment. With a forest, made up of 35,000 trees, suitable to the local climate including the Ghaf, it will outnumber the number of residents.

The trees are a significant feature of Ghaf Woods, helping reduce soil erosion and conserve water while providing shade which sees its average temperatures measure up to five degrees Celsius cooler than the city’s.

Today, trees play a vital role in improving air quality by removing air pollutants and greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Dubbed a “Green Lung,” the community will provide up to 20 per cent cleaner air than other developments, with the large volume of trees being a key contributor. Additionally, the community’s expansive ratio – at 15 square metres of open space per resident – is 40 per cent above World Health Organisation standards, which are set at 10 square metres per person.

As well as serving as a home to over 20 different bird species, Ghaf Woods will also bring health, wellness, and relaxation to the forefront; its various experiential neighbourhoods are interlinked by forest-lined pathways, with the furthest point of the community only five minutes’ walk away at any given moment.

Outdoors activities

Residents will be encouraged to spend time outdoors, allowing them to live a heathier lifestyle and enhance their wellbeing. Eight kilometres of walking trails, an adventurous three and a half-kilometre biking loop, and resort-style, forest-edged kids and adult pools are included in the list of the amenities available to residents.

These are complemented by evergreen fitness facilities, family-friendly gardens, and a sun-drenched wellness and yoga pavilion, ensuring that there are plenty of nurturing spaces to encourage balanced living.

The community will also feature Distrikt, Majid Al Futtaim’s iconic multi-purpose neighbourhood hub, with an exclusive selection of retail and restaurants boasting farm-to-table cuisine.

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