x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Al Ain home to country’s first geological garden

The garden has 22 types of rocks and aims to raise awareness of the geological characteristics of the country.

Abu Dhabi // The first geological garden in the country is now open for visitors in Al Ain.

The garden, part of Al Jahili Park, is designed to highlight the geological characteristics of the UAE.

The aim of the area is to reproduce and convey a sense of the country’s natural environment – deserts, mountains, dunes and oases and their position in relation to the sun, shade and the wind. The garden will feature 22 types of rock.

Water fountains have been incorporated in the design to maintain mild temperatures in the summer.

There is also a shop and education area for visitors that will provide information about rocky formations and bedrocks in the UAE.

Special training courses have been developed by Al Ain Municipality in cooperation with the department of geology at UAE University to train people to become tour guides at the garden.

Suhail Al Muhairi, the executive director of the municipal infrastructure and assets sector at Al Ain City Municipality, said the garden was an important mixture of information and education.

“It reflects the rich environmental and natural diversity specific to the UAE. Such a garden introduces a new trend, a blend between educational and leisurely purposes.”

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