Kamelia Zaal

About Kamelia Zaal

After studying landscape garden design at London's renowned Inchbald School of Design, Kamelia returned to Dubai inspired to create intuitive and stylised outdoor living spaces. Shortly thereafter she began her career as a freelance garden designer working on residential villas until she established her own landscape architectural practice, Second Nature, in 2006, working on both large commercial projects and unique residential jobs. Kamelia later formed an association with her family's prestigious property development company, Al Barari, where Second Nature, now part of Greenworks, created the lush botanic surrounds and themed gardens that the address has become recognised for. In 2013, she was featured on the front cover of The UK Garden Design Journal for her work with Al Barari and several other projects. She is regularly cited as an expert in the garden landscape industry, having been featured in Inside Out, Garden and Landscape Designers Association Compass magazine, and Landscape Middle East. In her free time, Zaal goes trekking and mountain climbing for charity, and spends time with her son.

A new business, a new garden, a new beginning

I have had an exceptional couple of months, between working on Nurai Island in Abu Dhabi, speaking at the International Plants Expo Middle East and most importantly, deciding to set up my own company again. It’s been, to say the least, hectic but, in saying that, I have never felt so positive in my life. Continue reading

Build up to my first Chelsea show garden

Moments of nerves, moments of panic and moments of sheer excitement is how I would describe the build up to my first Chelsea Flower Show garden. I recently got back from my last trip to Spain before Chelsea to check on my plants. I can tell you right now trying to find a plant that fits within the design aesthetically – blues, whites, lilacs, green and silver green; fits my planting scheme ethos – the plants’ origins need to come from a part of the world touched by Islam or Arab culture through trade; and can be grown in the UAE, is tough. I love a challenge and clearly never make things simple for myself. Chelsea 2015 is my biggest challenge yet; climbing Kilimanjaro was easier. Continue reading

My landscape design work in Dubai

I think I am truly lucky to be as passionate about my profession as I am. I found my dream job in landscape design 11 years ago and it’s been a whirlwind ever since. When I chose to go into landscape design it was around the same time that my father was developing his idea for Al Barari, which is now the most sustainable high-end development in the Middle East, so we were often talking about his plans for a green heart in Dubai. Continue reading