Thousand-year-old olive trees on Dubai’s Heart of Europe islands

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Developer, Kleindienst Group, has announced that its flagship Heart of Europe project on Dubai’s The World is the new home for 58 trees from the Mediterranean region– the oldest of which are two olive trees aged between 1,300 and 1,400 years old.

The trees’ ability to cope in the Middle East climate was assessed by arboriculturalists, who will continue to closely monitor their progress as they adapt to their new environment.

Josef Kleindienst, company CEO, said: “The olive tree is a symbol of timeless European tradition and agriculture, and including the trees as part of this project is a demonstration of our commitment to bringing the best of Europe to The Heart of Europe, but also highlights the lengths we will go to create a genuinely unique and exciting experience on the islands.

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“We have ensured the best experts in the field of arboriculture are monitoring the development of the trees, which can live for centuries in hot climates if given the right care.”

The Heart of Europe is made up of six man-made islands, each capturing a different facet of the continent’s character.

Construction started on the islands in January 2014. Once complete, The Heart of Europe will be home to the world’s first climate controlled areas, featuring rain and snow-lined streets, floating villas, the world’s largest open aquarium, and a five star hotel.

Kleindienst added: “The Heart of Europe aims to bring together the very best of European design, architecture, heritage and culture to the Middle East, and I am confident that once complete it will bring a unique holiday experience.”

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