The Mezyad Desert Park is a component of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Ain. It contains archaeological remains that stretch from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age during which there were major changes in the people’s lives throughout the region. Hundreds of dome-shaped tombs date to the Early Bronze Age (3000 BC), and held the remains of people who camped and lived near the mountain.
The newly protected area is occupied by an informal settlement of about 50 livestock farms and related shabby constructions to host farming activities and the residence for laboures and guardians. The area includes also the historic stable of Mezyad Fort and some shabby constructions hosting kitchens and dormitories for personnel working for a catering services.
The Mezyad Desert Park development consists of two physical components: the Mezyad Desert Park area, and Mezyad Fort; the activities planned includes: clearance of the park areas and improvement of living and working standards of the Mezyad Farms stables and surrounding areas; design of visitor infrastructures to visit the site including the rehabilitation of abandoned existing building. The development will assure permanent protection, preservation and management of its cultural and natural heritage resources and will provide adequate visitors services and infrastructures to experience the park in its full cultural and natural setting.
The vision for Mezyad Desert Park is to “present to the visitor the nearby mountain desert experience, which reflects ancient and recent (Arab) Emirati Identity. The mission for the Park is to provide an educational experience through exposure to the unique landscape and archaeological elements of the Mezyad area and adjoining Jebel Hafeet mountain.
The primary objectives of the Mezyad Desert Park project are:
The primary duty of the Principal Design Consultant is to provide full conservation, architectural, engineering and specialist design services, including construction supervision services, cost management and contract administration services, to support the development of the Mezyad Desert Park project. This includes the following activities:
The scope of works includes the implementation of the following Park visitor’s and management infrastructures: