The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), the first of its kind in the world to have all the plant species mentioned in the Holy Quran, and those in the Hadith and Sunnah, has celebrated its 12th anniversary.
The Qur’anic Botanic Garden, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, held a virtual ceremony to mark the occasion, broadcasting a live video of the model park located in the center of Education City, its divisions, plants, the Botanical Museum, and the Plant Conservation Center.
The ceremony highlighted the role of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden since its establishment in demonstrating the interest of the Islamic heritage in preserving the environment and its tangible and continuous contributions to Qatar National Vision 2030. As part of its “Ghars” campaign, the QBG pledged to plant 2022 trees as part of the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The campaign has planted nearly 2000 trees so far.
The ceremony also highlighted the tangible impact of the QBG and its prominent role in instilling a collective sense of responsibility towards the environment among school students of all ages, through its educational programs and initiatives that focus on environmental sustainability and preservation, namely the “Young Plant Researcher” program and the “Fun and Learn” educational program for the elementary level, as well as the educational Food Security program.
The participants underlined the keenness of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden on regularly launching campaigns, events and exhibitions, as well as agricultural and education programs to encourage community members to establish home gardens and preserve plant and natural resources. The most recent of which was the webinar the QBG hosted to highlight the main efforts made to conserve plants and the ecosystem in the Arabian Peninsula.
Commenting on the occasion, Project Manager of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden Fatima Al Khulaifi expressed happiness at celebrating the 12th anniversary of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, praising the community engagement and support during the virtual events held during the difficult months of the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to the events, programs and successful initiatives, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden has entered into fruitful partnerships with many prominent local and international institutions, including ministries and banks in the State of Qatar and botanic gardens around the world, Al Khulaifi added.
She also noted several achievements accomplished by the QBG and the most important developments it has witnessed since its establishment, in addition to its awareness programs and educational initiatives.
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, inaugurated the Qur’anic Botanic Garden in September 17, 2008, by planting the Gardens very first tree, the Sidra, which is the symbol of the Foundation.