Dubai’s iconic community-driven mall, Times Square Center, has added another feather to its cap by earning the prestigious LEED Green Project certification for its latest addition, Picnic Square. This green building certification program recognizes and rewards projects prioritising energy efficiency and sustainability. In a special ceremony on December 8th, Mr Mohammed Sharaf, Director of Sharaf Group Mall Division, proudly accepted the certificate, underscoring Times Square Center’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
The LEED Green Project Certification
The LEED Green Project certification is a globally recognized acknowledgement of buildings designed and maintained with the highest energy efficiency. Times Square Center’s Picnic Square impressed the certification board with its energy-conserving approach, which includes machinery to collect organic waste from mall tenants, subsequently recycling it into plant food and hydration. This sustainable initiative reflects the mall’s dedication to creating resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy buildings.
Picnic Square: Where Sustainability Meets Community
The launch event of Picnic Square was a testament to its dual purpose. It not only celebrated sustainability but also embraced the community. Guests were treated to an afternoon of fun activities, workshops, games, and more. Picnic Square was unveiled as the perfect venue for parties, friend gatherings, networking events, and pop-ups and exhibitions.
The Design Philosophy of Picnic Square
Located on the first floor of Times Square Center, Picnic Square boasts inviting open spaces, clean lines, and comfortable furniture. Integrating biophilic elements, such as plants and greenery, enhances the ambience. The mall’s commitment to sustainability is evident in the use of natural materials and various high-quality seating options, including family-friendly zones and stylish ‘private pods’ for mothers to feed. The contemporary elements blend seamlessly with the functional open-plan design.
A Gastronomic Journey at Picnic Square
Picnic Square caters to food enthusiasts with a diverse range of culinary delights. Guests can savour the rich flavours of Iran at Noon o Kabab, immerse themselves in vibrant Indian traditions, or opt for vegan delights at Spark Bake. Excitement is palpable with the impending opening of Al Tablia (Egyptian cuisine), Taco Taco (Mexican cuisine), Bangkok City (Thai cuisine), Mama Italia (Italian cuisine), and Butcher Burger (a meat lover’s paradise). Each eatery promises an extraordinary journey into unique and delectable flavours.
Sustainability and Community Engagement
Mr. Mohammed Sharaf, Director of Sharaf Group Mall Division, expressed his enthusiasm for sustainable projects, emphasizing their ongoing commitment to eco-friendliness. Picnic Square enhances users’ well-being and aligns with the UAE government’s 2030 goal of zero company waste to landfill. The community’s support during the launch event highlighted their dedication to making the planet safer for future generations.
Times Square Center: A Beacon of Sustainability
Times Square Center’s dedication to sustainability extends beyond Picnic Square. The mall actively engages with the local community, offering a warm embrace with familiar neighborly qualities. Weekends come alive with the mall’s renowned local community markets – The Ripe Market, Baby Bazaar, and Arte – The Maker’s Market. These events and regular marketing initiatives consistently reinforce Times Square Center’s commitment to being a sustainable and community-driven mall.
Times Square Center’s Picnic Square is a shining example of sustainable design and community engagement. With its LEED Green Project certification, it stands as a beacon of eco-friendliness in Dubai. The mall’s dedication to sustainability, commitment to the local community, and diverse culinary offerings make it a must-visit destination for residents and tourists. Picnic Square is not just a mall; it’s a green oasis where sustainability meets community in the heart of Dubai.