Central Park at Masdar City


Contract Title: Masdar City Central Park
Client: Salfo & Associates SA / MASDAR
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Year: 2019
Area: 16,000 m²
Expertise: Landscape Architecture, Climate & Sustainability
Services: Schematic Design, Detail Design, Tender Documentation, Construction Supervision, AOR and Authorities Permitting.



  • Landscape Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Water Feature Design
  • Horticultural Studies
  • Irrigation Design
  • Landscape Lighting
  • Signage & Wayfinding


  • Sustainability Strategy & Planning (Estidama PRRS status)


ICON was appointed as the landscape designer sub-consultant for Masdar City Phase I Central Park, a design-build project. The primary objective of the project was to establish Central Park as an iconic public space that reflects Masdar’s commitment to renewable energy knowledge and sustainable development. While the park will serve as a standalone destination, it was crucial to integrate its design into the broader Masdar City Public Realm framework, ensuring alignment with the guiding principles outlined in the Low Carbon Design and Regulations (LCDR).

The design process prioritized sustainability, resulting in the project receiving the esteemed Estidama PRRS status, a notable accomplishment as the first in the UAE. Sustainable features include Rain Towers for water collection, solar panels integrated into shade structures for energy generation, and living walls that enhance the microclimate in shaded gathering areas.

ICON’s scope of work involved developing a comprehensive landscape design package, producing detailed drawings and reports for obtaining necessary approvals, and finalizing the IFC (Issued for Construction) drawings once the detailed design was approved, contributing to the realization of Masdar’s commitment to creating a vibrant, environmentally responsible, and culturally contextual public space.