By Sarah Townsend
60-hectare park north of Mirdif comprises 12 gardens, cave and glass house
An AED100 million ($27.2 million) parks project has been approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai, minister of finance and chairman of Dubai Municipality.
The project comprises a cave and glass house in the Quran Park, which is under construction and planned to cover 60 hectares of land in Al Khawaneej, north of Mirdif.
When completed, the park will have 12 gardens featuring plants mentioned in the Holy Quran, in addition to solar trees with a design inspired by Arab and Islamic calligraphy.
The solar trees will contain solar panels and seats for visitors and are installed with wi-fi and mobile phone charging points.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, was quoted as telling state news agency: “The approval of Sheikh Hamdan for this project comes in order to keep up with the basic needs of the population of the city of Dubai for municipality services.
“Among the most important elements of the [park] project is the Glass House, which contains plants mentioned in the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, PBUH, as well as shops selling herbs and plants mentioned in the Holy Quran.
“The Cave of Miracles contains the miracles mentioned in the Quran, illustrated using the latest interactive technology.”
He added: “The Quran Park is a great opportunity to explain the meanings of a lot of wonders and miracles mentioned in the Holy Quran in the scientific and medical fields, and the benefits of the plants mentioned in the Holy Quran and how modern medicine is highly dependent upon these plants for treatments as well as their environmental benefits.”