Agha - Horticulture Expert - Al Gharafa, Qatar

Landscape Manager Agha

Al Gharafa, Qatar


I am British Landscape Horticultural Expert with over 40 years of expertise. I managed and supervised award winning landscape projects in the UAE, Qatar, and for major clients: The Abu Dhabi Municipality, Abu Dhabi, Nakheel Dubai Palms Real Estate Developers, Dubai, UAE, as well as for Lusail City Landscape Project in Doha-Qatar.

I am Chartered Biologist/Horticulturist of the Institute of Biology, London, England, and I have earned my Doctorate from the Department Of Horticulture and Landscape, The University Of Reading, England, UK, in 1986.


Horticulture Expert


40 years of experience in horticulture landscaping. Award winning projects in UAE.

Work History

Deputy Chief Resident Engineer-Landscape

Dorsch Qatar

January 2012 - July 2013

Doha, Qatar. Lusail Real Estate Development Company. Management ans Supervision of Lusail Landscape Project. The prestigious development of Lusail project amounting to USD 50 Billion, of which the landscaping would amount to USD 5 Billion. The landscape project comprised of 33 packages to cover the whole Lusail City. Hardscape/softscape, water features and ornaments and much more are all included in this huge landscape project.

Senior Ecologist, Strategy, Planning & Urban Development

KEO International Consultants

January 2010 - January 2012

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Surveying, reporting, studies and research in sustainability and environmental designs. Focusing on natural systems assessment and adhering to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-LEED certification, and also in accordance with the UAE the Estidama Pearl Rating System of the Urban Planning Council (UPC), for compliance through the design, construction and operation of projects in the UAE.

Landscape Manager

HEDLEY International Emirates Contracting L.L.C

January 2008 - January 2010

Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Lake Preservation Project, International City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The client is Nakheel-Dubai Palm Developers L.L.C., one of the world's largest and most innovative real estate developers. A landscape and environmental project to develop Al Warsan Lake which is a popular place to visit for birdwatchers, at an approximate cost of AED 500 million. Visitors coming to the UAE from Europe, Japan, and USA, because of its wide variety of bird species, including several rare species that are not easy to find elsewhere. The project has three watch towers, seven hides, main gate house, and guard house. Visitors centre, wildlife and wetlands in one unique enchanting panoramic view. Different lake habitats, external landscaping and extensive plantings, retention pond and free flight aviary, all to allow the visitors to explore the secret world of birds, migration, wetlands plant species and wildlife. The wetland would also function as a storm water treatment facility, cleaning a portion of the storm water discharged from adjacent development areas. A reed bed filtration system was designed to remove excess nutrients and chemical contaminants from incoming water. Responsibilities also included landscaping of Dubai Maritime City belonging to the same above client (Nakheel), and also landscaping of the huge project of Ras Al Khor in Dubai, and the client for this project is RTA, for the total cost of AED 1 billion.

Professor and Mentor

Warnborough University, Kent, United Kingdom.

January 2006 - July 2013

Kent, United Kingdom. Mentoring for Warnborough: MSc and PhD research postgraduates in horticulture, agriculture and landscape.

Project Manager Assistant

Parsons International Limited, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

January 2004 - January 2008

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prestigious landscape works were carried out for the client Abu Dhabi Municipality, Public Gardens Directorate; Contract 950-Landscape and Irrigation Works at Abu Dhabi International Airport-Phase I, and Contract 952- Irrigation and Landscaping Works at Abu Dhabi International Airport-Phase II, totalling cost value at AED 85 million. Responsibilities including: performing all duties relating to horticulture and landscape; design, tendering, negotiation, award and supervision of projects during execution, reviewing, monitoring and approval of contractor's submissions, and of plant lists during design stages, as well as providing advice and recommendation to the client. Management and coordination of early procurement of planting stock, i.e. verification of availability, identification and reservation. Liaise with client and architect and with contractor for design management and construction and project control. Design procurement schedule and coordination with all parties concerned. Assessments of alternative specifications and methods and preparing reports for client approvals including cost, schedule and quality assessment. The work also included preparation of weekly and monthly reports. I was also responsible for several maintenance projects in the city of Abu Dhabi. An active member of the Landscape and Irrigation Materials Committee, Pubic Gardens Directorate, Abu Dhabi Municipality, involved in the approvals of materials used fo

Chief Horticulturalist

Hyder Consulting Middle East Limited

January 2003 - January 2004

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Supervision of landscape projects during execution. Ensuring the highest standards of excellence in horticultural work, inspection of planting stock, reviewing contractor's submissions, monitoring of plant performance, review and approval of plant lists and materials during design stages and providing horticultural advice to the client, as required. The work also involved field trials on plant irrigation requirements.

Senior Horticultural Consultant

Philip Swindells Limited, International Horticultural Consultants

January 1996 - January 2003

Harrogate, United Kingdom. A number of projects were undertaken for clients in the Middle East. The most prestigious is the development of the new Sharjah Botanical Gardens (Desert Park) in the United Arab Emirates. Palace and university garden projects have also been undertaken along with the extensive redesigning of the urban green spaces.

Horticultural Expert


January 1995 - January 1996

London, United Kingdom. Producing television programme series on horticulture and landscape for the Middle East. The programmes were on gardening, reproduction of plants and on maintenance of house plants, as well as on the designs of famous gardens of the world.

Associate Professor

Mu'tah University

January 1994 - January 1995

Teaching Horticulture and Botany. Duties included supervision of research students, as well as extension and consultancy responsibilities.

Horticultural Expert

January 1991 - January 1994

London, United Kingdom. Independent consultancy works were undertaken in horticulture and landscape. Consulting on improvement of date palm farms and production of dates, including refurbishment of Dates Packaging Factories, in the Sultanate of Oman.

Head of Science

The U.S. International University (Europe)

January 1990 - January 1991

London, United Kingdom. Teaching Science, General Science and Co-ordinated Subjects. The work also involved supervision of students and administration.

Managing Director

Al Mutaiwie Agriculture Material Est

January 1988 - January 1990

Mutaiwie Est., is an international group of companies, business includes agrochemicals, agricultural materials, agricultural machinery, irrigation, horticulture and landscape. Also responsible for managing their sister company, AFCO in Jordan, dealing with agrochemicals, agricultural machinery, horticulture and landscape. It has its own farms and packaging plant for fruits and vegetables. The company also has branches (STG, Co.) in Canada.

Post Doctoral Researcher

University of Reading

January 1987 - January 1988

United Kingdom. Developed a wide experience in the field of apple crop physiology. Research activities were studying the photosynthesis efficiency in high-density planting systems. These included water vapour and carbon dioxide exchange, water potential and leaf resistance to gas exchange. A computer based monitoring of crop environment (light, temperature and soil moisture), and programme for measuring short term growth responses of leaves and fruits were also applied.


The University of Reading

January 1978 - December 1986

Teaching (1983-1986), PhD. Project (1978-1983), The University of Reading, United Kingdom. Teaching plant physiology to undergraduate students, and also supervision of research projects. The PhD. project involved studying various systems of high-density planting for Bramley's Seedling apples. Such systems maximise yields through increased light interception and minimal wastage of light reaching the ground. The dwarfing rootstocks M.9 were used in combination with summer pruning and growth retardant applications (SADH). The trees were planted at lxl m. SADH reduced tree height and trunk diameter. Flowering and yields increased linearly with light interception, some beds producing yields of up to 65 t/ha. The second system examined hedgerows of slender spindles orchard system. The trees were planted at lx2 m. These experiments examined the possibility of using chemicals to reducing growth in the upper parts of the tree while stimulating it in the lower. Two growth regulators were used: the growth retardant 'Paclobutrazol' and the stimulant 'Promalin'. Paclobutrazol reduced shoot growth and increased flowering, fruit set and fruiting whereas Promalin increased the formation of leaf clusters and suppressed flowering and fruiting the following season. An overhead photography technique was developed for the assessment of light interception by tree canopies in beds. The results were highly correlated with direct light measurements. This new technique involves non-destructive sampling of rapid assessments.
Proficient in both English and Arabic (spoken and written). Full driving license.


Lusail City Landscape Project, Doha, Qatar.

Most prestigious landscape project in the world at present at a cost of US$ 50 billion.

Abu Dahbi International Airport Landscape Project, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Award winning project.

Qualifications & Certifications


Reading University

Statistics and Experimental Design

Mosul University


Brunel University

Institute of Biology

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