DESERT GROUP CEO SPEAKING TO KHALEEJ TIMES IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Speaking to Khaleej Times in an exclusive interview, Michael Mascarenhas looked back on how the Desert Group has been at the forefront of "greening the UAE".

"Most of the plants that you see in Dubai, and the UAE, would have come from our nurseries. Several of the most iconic locations across Dubai such as Madinat Jumeirah, Bab Al Shams, Bluewaters, the Jumeirah Golf Estates, and the recently opened Dubai Hills Golf Course, all bear our stamp. In addition to these five-star properties, we have also worked on several municipalities and green belts," he said.

The group currently has eight divisions ranging from landscape design, construction, and maintenance, to swimming pools, water features, and golf course design and construction. With a portfolio consisting of more than 650 species of plants ranging from succulents, ornamentals, vines, trees, shrubs, turf, ground cover, and hedges, the group has been working with both large developers and operators, as well as small household clients.

"Lots of hospitality companies want to work with us because of two reasons - reliability and innovation. We always get the work done in a time frame that is agreed upon, and we are always bringing in new skills to solve problems that arise," Mascarenhas said.

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