Al Falaj: Water Systems of the Gulf's Oases
As part of the London Design Biennale 2016, the exhibition is a result of ongoing research conducted across the UAE. It demonstrates an exploration of Al Falaj, the Arabic term used to describe the native water irrigation system that once stretched across the Gulf. Applied
over centuries of development, the Falaj channels have become places where public and private realms meet, facilitating exchange and interaction. Their unique technique of dividing water and sharing resources in this climate results in strong communal societies.
The exhibition is based on studies of the few authentic examples of Falaj channels still in use and aims to explore how they could be adapted for contemporary use in the harsh climate of UAE’s rapidly globalising cities.