A Qur’anic Garden in Qatar is to be completed by the end of 2015.
The 122,000m2 garden, which will be located in front of the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies in the Education City, will comprise an education centre, administrative building, seed bank, herbal laboratory and information centre.
“It is expected to be not just a botanic garden but rather an educational, research and cultural institute. The architectural design has already been approved and the project is on track to be completed by the scheduled time,” project manager Fatimah Saleh al-Khulaifi told Gulf Times.
The garden will have more than 50 different plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, which are classified into three main categories: Plants found in the desert areas, Mediterranean plants and tropical plants.
“We have already planted some 40 different plants in the nurseries of Qatar Foundation to be transplanted in the garden and the other varieties will be imported, mainly the tropical ones, taking into consideration that they are fostered in conditions that suit the local environment,” she explained.
A project of Qatar Foundation (QF), the Qur’anic Garden was launched by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation, on 17 September, 2008, who planted the distinctive garden’s first tree, the Sidra, to mark the occasion.
Plants in the garden include aloe, wild ginger, safflower, wheat, henna, tamarisk, Christ’s thorn, grapes, fig and pomegranates.