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Islamic Botanical Garden

Islamic Botanical Garden

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within Desert Park, Islamic Botanical Garden has plants and trees mentioned in Holy Quran and Sunnah.

The Islamic Park gives a boost to the Islamic Culture with the rest of the world. The Islamic Park at the Sharjah Desert Park, the first of its kind in the Middle East, has become a leading tourist attraction for nationals, residents and visitors of the emirate.

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, launched the Islamic Park project in collaboration with the Unesco.

Islamic Botanical Garden was inaugurated on March 31, 2014. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Natural Reserves Authority in Sharjah, said the Islamic Park welcomes visitors all week round from 09:00 to 18:00.

It has been created in view of an Islamic vision, she noted. “The park comprises all plants mentioned in the Holy Quran and Sunnah (sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)) as advised and controlled by an elite group of environmentalists and plant experts.”

The park encourages meditation and contemplation of the verses of the Holy Quran and Sunnah. “The park, showing the intimate relationship between Islam and the environment, explains to non-Muslims how Islam deals with all creatures.”

Adults and children enjoy the park and the scenic view at the park. It is really wonderful for people to see closely all plants stated in the Holy Quran and Sunnah. Visitors enjoy the various and colourful plants here, some of which they study at school. The Islamic Park comprises a nursery, a restaurant, and also an education room and a library stuffed with books on plants classified in a modern and innovative way as per the type, tree, shrub, and herbs. Visitors can identify all plants as per their scientific classification in Arabic and English, with their medical, health and food benefits. Tamarisk, christsthorm, palms, pomegranates, grapes, figs, olives, basil, eucalyptus and ginger are a few of these plants.

The Islamic Park shows 50 different plants mentioned by name in the Holy Quran along with 42 other plants stated in the prophetic Sunnah. “All of these, such as arak, saffron, aloe vera and mustard, are being planted here excluding only two types — Al Zaqqum, a tree in hell, and Al Gharqad, a tree only grown in Palestine.”

Islamic Botanical Garden aims to promote reflection and meditation in the Quranic and Islamic knowledge

among visitors, looking to focus on the importance of the link between Islam and preserving of the environment. Islamic Botanical Garden feature an organised view for its visitors to get a chance to witness the rare plants that presented in a new and innovative way.

These are classified according to their sizes: trees, shrubs, and herbs. The garden has labels and touchscreens which makes it easier for the visitors to identify these plants, their uses and importance. The botanical garden has a special area for some of the plants that need special attention. Visitors can also visit an educational room, a library and also relax at the cafe.

Contact: Islamic Botanical Garden Desert Park Sharjah – United Arab Emirates. Tel.: +971 6 531 3125 Web: www.epaashj.ae

Photo courtesy: www.epaashj.ae

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