Emirati designer Kamelia Bin Zaal’s debut garden at the the UK’s Chelsea Flower Show, The Beauty of Islam, has been awarded a prestigious Silver Gilt Medal.
The garden, created in honour of HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE, has been designed to evoke the ancient Spice Routes of the Arabia as well as taking its visitors on a journey through Islamic and Arabic culture.
This is accomplished through a blend of poetry, scents, calligraphy and a mélange of plants.
Zaal, who is also behiing Dubai’s Al Barari residential development, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won a Silver Gilt medal, and so delighted to be sharing this great honour with everyone who has made this wonderful garden possible.
“Taking part in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been a truly memorable experience, and I am fortunate to know that I am returning to Dubai having made friends for life in so many of the people I have got to know along the way. I am delighted that I achieved my intention of making The Beauty of Islam a true celebration of heritage, art, design, culture and for all the plants to reflect the diversity of the UAE’s plant life.
“If I know that through the garden, I have inspired even just a handful of people with my culture, then I leave Chelsea a very happy person indeed.”