Islamic Botanical Garden holds Palm Tree Da
September 2017, 15
The Islamic Botanical Garden, which is affiliated to the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, EPAA, in Sharjah, held a Palm Tree Day celebration under the theme, "How the World Sees Palm Trees," on Wednesday. The Islamic Botanical Garden was inaugurated in March 2014, as a part of the celebration of the emirate of Sharjah, the capital of Islamic culture. The garden gathers various plants mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah. There are 30 plants cited in the Quran, including figs, pomegranates, basil, pumpkins and grapes, as well as 44 in Sunnah such as citrons, fennelflower seeds, henna, indigo, aquilaria and sweet flag (Acores Calamus). The celebration and its events were attended by the Al Dhaid Municipality as an official sponsor, the Sharjah Biennial and the Social Services Department. The event targeted the EPAA and government authorities staffandvisitors of the Sharjah Desert Park. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson ofthe EPAA, said "As everybody knows, palm trees are the most cited plant in the Quran and Sunnah. "Palm trees have always enjoyed sublime status in Arab society, even in the pre-Islam era, where they were symbols of wealth and glory. "Arabs are deeply attached to palm trees because of their influence on their lives; palm trees were the food and wealth of Arabs. "Nowadays, after the Gulf area has successfully planted palm trees everywhere, transforming the desert into a green oasis, palm trees should be celebrated." She explained that the aim of the celebration was to highlight the importance of palm trees as a source of food and living; revive their heritage; educate the public on the need to preserve them, and to inculcate a love for traditional crafts in the next generation. The celebration included a photo gallery, various competitions, an exhibition on several treatments using palm trees and their derivatives, a workshop on how to make paper using palm trees, presentations on palm trees in the UAE, as well as talks by senior citizens on its numerous benefits. Palm trees are characterised by their ability to withstand thirst and soil salinity. "They are planted in straight lines, which are utilised to provide shade for the spots of land underneath so that vegetables and citrus fruits can be planted.