SOCIATE client, Al-Futtaim ACE, launches a new sustainable greenhouse at Festival Plaza
Shopping for outdoor plants is no longer something you need to save for your winter bucket list; Al-Futtaim ACE’s Greenhouse in Festival Plaza is breaking new ground in the region
A first-of-its-kind space in the UAE, the innovative temperature-controlled greenhouse is a one-stop-shop for all indoor and outdoor plants, plant accessories, and garden essentials.
Maintained at a tropical 30 degrees, the indoor garden spans 3,000 square feet and is home to an exciting array of over 2,000 must-have gardening products. Gardening enthusiasts can look forward to 1,100 potting and planting accessories, 450 lawn and garden care tools, 300 garden decorative pieces, 350 garden watering products, and 60 garden storage solutions.
Featuring a range of perennial and seasonal plants, customers can explore fruit trees, flowers, succulents, herbs, seasonal plants, cacti, and more. Those looking to turn their garden into the ultimate sanctuary can shop a range of ornaments including lighting, pots, bird baths, and tiled ornaments to name a few.
With world-class brands like Gardena, Bosch, Makita, and Black & Decker in the spotlight, ACE has everything a gardening enthusiast is looking for.
Combining sustainability and inventive technology, the greenhouse promises comfortable temperatures and humidity levels throughout the year.
Stay tuned for budding new concepts at ACE Festival Plaza
Gardening hobbyists of all levels can look forward to the launch of a potting station at the greenhouse in September 2021. ACE’s Greenhouse also has exciting plans for a Plant Hotel, where customers can leave their plants while they travel. Tying into the brand’s mission to be “the helpful place”, coming home to parched plants after a trip will be a thing of the past with ACE’s creative solution.
A behind-the-scenes look at ACE Festival Plaza’s new greenhouse
Working with architects, structural consultants, MEP designers, and experts in greenhouse concepts and hydroponics solutions; ACE’s greenhouse is a feat of engineering that is aligned with authority regulations.
The enclosed temperature and humidity-controlled greenhouse is maintained at a comfortable 30 degrees celsius, perfect for outdoor plants.
The greenhouse’s heat sensors are automatically activated if the temperature crosses 30 degrees. In order to maintain the climate-controlled environment, the greenhouse has cooling pads on one side and exhaust fans on the other. This sophisticated system creates an air flow that the plants need to thrive.
What about humidity? That’s controlled too. Once the humidity reaches 70% in the greenhouse, a misting system is activated to reduce the overall humidity to allow shoppers to enjoy cooler temperatures. The water within the cooling pad wall is recycled in a reservoir at the base and is then pumped back up to the top to be reused in the cooling process. This sustainable process is designed to use water mindfully, making the greenhouse ideal for shoppers and the environment.
Mirroring nature’s cooling process, ACE uses evaporative cooling technology in its greenhouse. This type of low-energy, eco-friendly technology ensures that the air in the greenhouse is always fresh. Here’s a look at how it works: Water is circulated through a pump station and supplied to the top of the cooling pad. The water then flows down the evaporative cooling pad’s corrugated surface and part of it is evaporated by the warm, dry air that passes through the pad. The air that leaves the pad is, as a result, cooled and humidified simultaneously without the need for an external energy supply to support the evaporation process. The rest of the water assists in washing the pad and is drained back to the pump station to start the process all over again.
Always a helpful place, ACE Festival Plaza’s resident experts can guide gardening beginners and enthusiasts through its new section.