As the UAE is home to the most prestigious projects among the world, it is also home to creative minds and people who are really intimate in what they do. Today, we introduce you to the talented, Emirati woman: Kamelia Bin Zaal.
As a child, Kamelia grew up watching her father and grandfather spending time in the garden. Her father loved flowers while her grandfather used to grow vegetables. It is here that we can say “like father like son”! Kamelia also loved flowers, and later as she grew up, she decided to study garden design in the Inchbald School of Design in the UK. She is now an award winning landscape designer who shares in international competitions, not to mention her own “Kamelia Landscape Design” shop in Dubai.
The creative Emirati woman is the first ever Arab landscape designer to participate at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This event that has been held annually since 1913 in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London, is actually attracting leading names and great talents from around the globe. In 2015, Kamelia competed in this event presenting her breathtaking landscape “The Beauty of Islam”, and she got back home proudly with the Silver Gilt Medal.
Her dream does not stop here, as this year, and very recently, she competed at the Gardening World Cup in Japan, which takes place in Nagasaki every year. Her landscape this time was called ‘The Seal of the Prophets” and is based on the Khatim – the eight pointed star literally meaning the seal of the prophets. For this one, she also walked away with Silver Gilt Medal, in addition to winning the Best Lighting award.