Qatar’s Global Tourist Attraction: Qur’anic Botanic Garden
This special feature was written by Fatima Saleh Al-Khulaifi, the manager of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden. The thoughts and views expressed are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect an official university stance.
Nestled in the heart of Doha, Qatar’s vibrant capital, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG) is a unique attraction for visitors from around the world. A member of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), this garden of wonder spans a large area housing a diverse array of flora referenced in the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet.
Established in 2008, the idea behind the garden was inspired by the spiritual and ecological value of these plants. QBG’s mission revolves around introducing people to these revered plants, nurturing an understanding of the importance of preserving plant life and safeguarding the environment, and showcasing the region’s rich environmental and agricultural heritage.
The vision of QBG honours Islamic heritage and promotes a deeper understanding of these plants, which hold a significant place in the cultural and environmental fabric of the region. Hosting over 60 species of plants, including olives, figs, bananas, apples, pomegranates, and colocynths, QBG serves as a living library of these botanical species and their individual historical and religious importance.
The garden’s design harmonises with various geographical settings found throughout the region, offering a one-of-a-kind aesthetic where visitors are immersed in an experience that awakens their senses. Its collection of sensory gardens – including desert, water, sound, vineyard and children’s gardens – engage sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste with unique features.
QBG plays a significant role in education and environmental awareness. Through guided tours, workshops and more, it actively raises awareness about the importance of plants in our daily lives and nurtures a greater concern for preserving biodiversity and the natural environment. The garden also serves as a valuable source for scientific research as well as environmental and agricultural studies that contribute to the advancement of innovation in the field of plant studies.
It is also a charming retreat for those seeking peace and tranquillity. Visitors can indulge in the beauty of the plants and discover the health and nutritional benefits of those mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet. They can also learn about the Arabic and scientific names of the plants and how to incorporate the plants into their lifestyles.
QBG is also an enticing spot for tourists and enthusiasts of Islamic history and nature from around the world. The garden stands as a shining example of Qatar’s efforts to preserve cultural and environmental heritage and promote awareness of Islamic values and societal diversity.
The plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an hold significant importance in Islamic culture, having been used in medicine, food, perfumes, and decoration since ancient times. QBG provides a unique opportunity to explore these flora in their ideal settings and learn about their various uses. It also offers a chance to pass down this knowledge for generations to come.
Situated inside the garden is a botanical museum that showcases unique pieces and traditional tools that were used in the past. Visitors are offered an opportunity to engage in a sensory experience to deepen their understanding of certain verses from the Qur’an using hologram technology.
A unique tourist attraction, QBG draws visitors from different countries and cultures. Among them are scholars, researchers, students, and travellers, creating a space for cultural and religious exchange.
QBG welcomes all visitors, offering them the opportunity to embark on a memorable sensory journey. Located within Qatar Foundation’s Education City campus, the garden is open every day and entrance is free of charge.
For more details about activities and upcoming events at QBG, check out their social media channels.
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