The UAE is to plant more than 2,000 ghaf trees in Abu Dhabi in the shape of Sheikh Zayed’s fingerprints to mark the UAE’s 49th National Day.
In total, 2,082 trees will be planted on 36,000 square metres of land near Al Dhafra Camel Festival site near Abu Dhabi.
The news was announced by Maitha Bint Ahmed Al Nahyan for the Foundation for Community and Cultural Initiatives.
Sheikha Maitha bint Ahmed said they chose to remember Sheikh Zayed this way due to his passion for the environment. And now his fingerprints are literally all over the UAE thanks to these amazing trees.
Sheikh zayed launched a tree-planting programme in the 70s as he wanted to turn the desert green with more plants and trees.
The ghaf tree is the UAE’s national tree and can live up to 120 years.
And its leaves and pods can be used for food while animals can also eat its branches. It’s also said to have medicinal properties. And they can also be used as navigation markers for Bedouins.
They can survive on very little water and also help sustain other plant and animal life.
Once completed, the site will be open to visitors.
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