His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, adopted the idea of the "Islamic Botanical Garden" in a collaboration with UNESCO since 2006, in his believe on the significance of linking religion to science, and his desire to create Islamic plants masterpieces in an Islamic garden with essence of reflection. Allah the Exalted, said: “So which of the favours of your Lord would you deny?” Surat Ar-Rahmaan.
The Islamic Botanical Garden vision is to improve education and promote awareness within the framework of sustainable development, preservation of Islamic culture, and environmental awareness.
It is the first of its kind in the Middle East, and constitute an Islamic cultural imprint of the Emirate of Sharjah, it is also a distinctive addition to the Islamic tourism in Sharjah, since that the Emirate was declared as "Islamic Culture Capital" for 2014.
Islamic Botanical Garden embraces plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and Al Sunnah; 52 fifty-two plants are displayed, thirty of them mentioned in the Holy Qur'an like, figs, pomegranates, basil, pumpkin, grapes, and others. While in Hadith and Sunnah contain references to 47 forty-seven plants, including: Citron, black cumin, henna, Katam, eagle wood, and sweet flag, and others.
Islamic Botanical Garden aims to promote reflection and meditation in the Quranic and Islamic knowledge among visitors, seeks to focus on the importance of the link between Islam and preserving of the environment.
Islamic Botanical Garden offers its visitors a chance to witness the rare plants that presented in a new and innovative way; they are classified according to their sizes: trees, shrubs, and herbs. The garden has labels and touchscreens which makes it easier for the visitors to identify these plants, their uses and importance.
The garden has a special area for some of the plants that need special attention, in addition to a cafe, an educational room, and a library.