Whos Who Jean-Claude Melone

Current position & company?

Landscape Consultant and Senior Associate, Peter Dew and Associates, UAE.

Academic qualifications?
Bachelors of Agronomy, Horticultural Engineering Degree Majoring in Landscape Architecture – University of Antibes, France

No. of years in the GCC?
I’ve been here for 30 great years (and looking forward to many more).

Major projects involved with?
Hotels and resorts:
Sofitel Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa, Bahrain, Four Seasons, Doha, Marina Hotels, Yas Island, Movenpick Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, Al Murooj, Rotana, Dubai, Club Med Itaparica – Salvador, Brazil, Ilot Cerf resort – Surf Island, Seychelles


Jumeirah Beach Road, Zabeel Palace Road, Bukidra Interchange, Mall of the Emirates Interchange, Southern Expressway, Muscat


Private artificial island, Jumeirah, Jumeirah Coastal protection, As Samaliya island, Abu Dhabi

Public Parks:

Five Neighborhood parks Dubai, Re-development of Al Majaz park, Sharjah, Desert Park, Doha


The Emirates Towers, Outsource Zone at Academic City, Al Waab City Doha, West Bay complex Doha, “The Views” for Emaar, Al Marina Development, Al KobarKSA

Sports complex/equestrian:

Zayed Sports City Abu Dhabi, Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, Racing and Equestrian Club Doha


New Doha International Airport, Terminal 1 and car parks Dubai, Dubai Air show and Expo Centre, Amiri Flights Admin building Abu Dhabi

What is your dream Project?

I have been very fortunate and privileged to work on several exciting projects with true professionals in their fields. I’ve also been fortunate enough to meet very prominent and influential clients over my thirty years in the UAE and the Gulf. I hope that I was able to translate their desires into successful designs and realizations

Since I have spent the best part of my career imitating nature, my dream project would be to start with a striking piece of natural landscape, somewhere in New Zealand or the French Alps and contribute to its preservation whilst benefiting the community and passing on to the younger generations my passion for Nature. The children of today are our future and the survival of mankind rests on their preservation of the Planet’s forests and natural assets, before it is too late.

How do you see the future of the landscape industry in the GCC region?

I have seen the industry transformation in the region over the past three decades and it has really come a long way. It is also improving all the time and will continue exponentially. Landscape Architects and professionals come from different countries and origins, they bring with them new concepts and techniques. Experienced and established professionals add valuable local knowledge and common sense. Teams are generally multinationals and great projects are the result of brainstorming and exchange of ideas. The ratio of Landscape Architects versus Building Architects has also increased. Professionals are now involved in the early planning stage of design, which is of paramount importance instead of getting called in at the end of a project when it is generally too late and engineers have already taken all the major design decisions from other disciplines and there is no adequate space or budget left for proper landscaping. Clients have become fully aware that a well planned and sustainable landscape design using durable hardscape materials and appropriate plants palette, as well as the latest irrigation technology can really make a difference for the success and value to their project. In this respect, I do expect an increased integration of native plants in the region future schemes contributing to the mitigation of irrigation water usage.

What is your Motto in life?
Have fun in what you do, be fair with others and true to yourself, do not compromise nature’s interests but most important of all: give something back to nature and mankind.

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