Foundation stone laid in Riyadh for facility set to feature world's largest botanical gardens

Saudi Botanic Garden
Saudi Botanic Garden
Saudi Arabia is set to lay the foundation stone for the King Abdullah International Gardens (KAIG) in Riyadh this week, with plans for the facility set to include the world’s largest botanical gardens.

Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour Bin Miteb will lay the foundation stone for King Abdullah International Gardens (KAIG) in Riyadh.

Construction work of KAIG has started after the completion of the first phase of the project, which included leveling the site and fencing works. There will be six main sections at KAIG, including covered and open facilities. They are the Plants Gardens, the Valley Gardens, the Scientific Gardens, the Water Gardens, the International Gardens, and the Nature Gardens.

The covered facility, which will be the largest of its kind in the world, would have two giant botanical gardens spread over a total area of 100,000 sqm. The crescent-shaped facility will be five times bigger than the world’s largest geodesic domes at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The gardens would host plant life that proliferated over centuries in the Arabian Peninsula.

KAIG’s open facility will have plants growing in the local environment, in addition to an open museum for plants, seeds bank, and rocky garden. There will also be research institutes, office accommodation, shops, restaurants, visitor facilities and a theatre. The gardens will use recycled water and alternative energy supplies, exploiting solar and wind power as well as rainfall through collection tanks.



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