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Saudi Arabia creating mega garden



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Saudi Arabia is creating one of the largest gardens in the world over an area of two-million- square metres in the desert to the west of Riyadh city. Work on the second phase of the SR1bn ($266m) King Abdullah International Gardens is scheduled to begin in September this year, after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Plants, trees and creatures will be brought from different parts of the world to the garden coming up parallel to the Riyadh-Jeddah Expressway. “This is the most important environmental project in the world,” said the Undersecretary of Riyadh Municipality for Services, Ibrahim Al Dujain. “The second phase will begin after Ramadan this year, and the whole project will be completed within approximately 30 months,” Al Dujain said. Work is currently under way to provide ventilation, humidification facilities and earth suitable for the plants that are to be brought in from all over the globe. The first stage of work involving levelling and preparation of the ground is nearly completed. The garden will depict various stages in the development of the plant kingdom. It will have six major sections â€" botanical gardens, a wadi garden representing local flora and fauna, sand and rock formations, science gardens, a water garden, an international garden and a natural garden. Set to be the largest covered facility of its kind in the world, the gardens will use recycled water and alternative energy supplies, exploiting solar and wind power as well as rainfall through collection tanks to host plant life that has proliferated over the millennia in the Arabian Peninsula and reflect changes in the climate and environment. The gardens are scheduled to open in 2013.


Saudi Arabia creating mega garden

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