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Saudi Arabia to build world’s biggest botanical gardens

King Abdullah International Gardens biodomes will be five times the size of the UK’s Eden Project

Saudi Arabia to build world’s biggest botanical gardens
Saudi Arabias King Abdullah International Gardens in Riyadh with include the world’s largest botanical gardens

Saudi Arabia is set to lay the foundation stone for the King Abdullah International Gardens (KAIG) in Riyadh this week, with plans for the facility set to include the world’s largest botanical gardens, it was reported.

Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour Bin Miteb will perform the ceremony on Thursday at the site, which will be 2.5m square metres in size and will be one of the largest environment projects in the world, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The plans include two separate elements: a covered section and an open area. The covered facility, which will be the largest of its kind in the world, will include two giant botanical gardens which will be five times bigger than the world’s largest geodesic domes at the Eden Project in the UK, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The outdoor area will include an open museum for plants, seeds bank and rocky garden, while the plans will also include research institutes, retail and hospitality outlets and a theatre, it added.

The project will focus on local plant life in the Arabian Peninsula and is designed to appeal to families and tourists.

Construction is already underway, with the levelling of the site and fencing works already completed.

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mona 6 years ago

a botanical Garden; even more interesting I love the world of flowers and herbs and keeps on searching that which essential oil yields from which flower and plant.

Rizwan 6 years ago

It is a great Idea simultaneously help muslims in Syria,Phalastine, and wherever muslims need help, do not forget them.

Prad S 6 years ago

Boys and girls...can you say "Carbon footprint" ?

Doug 6 years ago

Is Saudi Arabia really the right place for botanical gardens?

One of the defining characteristics of the Arabian peninsula is its unsuitability for plants owing to its aridness. The only possible way you could fill the world's largest botanical gardens in Saudi Arabia is to either fill it with the two plants that actually grow here (dried out twigs, scraggly bits of grass) or magically pump in gallons and gallons of water...this completely undermining any potential environmental benefit. I'm with Rizwan, spend the money on people, not plants.

Shafiqur Rahman 6 years ago

This is good step, but personally requesting to put all medicine related tree in the gurden, don't put any tree which is no value at all, and also make there herbal medicine researce center , because in Saudi Arabia no herbal treetment although it is from Allah gifted natural.

Critical 6 years ago

Big initiatives , small moral values

Muhammad Shafiq 6 years ago

The garden will consists on native flora only or not.