The Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) organised a Palm Tree Day celebration at the Islamic Botanical Garden under the theme ‘Makers of Green Miracles in the Desert’ on September 16th. Participants, who included officials, EPAA employees and visitors to Desert Park, enjoyed the celebration. PHOTO:Organiser


Celebrating the central role date palms play in Arabian culture, the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) in Sharjah celebrated Palm Tree Day on Sunday

Held at the Islamic Botanical Garden, located on Al Dhaid Road, under the theme ‘Makers of Green Miracles in the Desert,’ the celebrations highlighted the emphasis laid by late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the importance of palm trees to life in the desert.

“Given palm trees’ significance to our lives, EPAA is keen to celebrate Palm Tree Day. The agricultural sector and dates have long been important parts in the lives of the UAE’s people as a key source of food, shelter and income. The UAE has always been at the forefront of countries that pay special attention to palm trees thanks to the patronage of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” said Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, EPAA Chairperson, speaking at the event.

Al Suwaidi pointed out that palm trees are one of the most frequently mentioned plants in the Quran and the Sunnah.

“They hold a prestigious place in society; palm trees provided the Arab people with both food and wealth. The Gulf region has successfully planted palm trees and turned the desert into a green oasis, and this success should be celebrated,” she added.

The Islamic Botanical Garden’s employees gave presentations and demonstrations on the pollination of palm trees and diseases that can affect palm trees and on irrigating them.