New Botanical Garden in Sharjah, UAE

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New Botanical Garden in Sharjah

UAE educational, cultural and scientific vision – design by Grimshaw Architects

27 Jul 2018

New Botanical Garden in Sharjah News

Location: Sharjah, UAE

Design: Grimshaw, Architects

Ruler of Sharjah appoints Grimshaw to design botanical garden

Thursday 26th July 2018 – Grimshaw has been appointed for a new botanical garden in Sharjah, UAE, which has a mission to encourage discovery and education while conserving the rich floral heritage of Sharjah, the UAE and the rest of the world.

Contract signing (L-R): Andrew Whalley (Deputy Chairman, Grimshaw); Professor Dr. Amr Abdel-Hamid (Director General, Sharjah Research Academy); H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi (Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah); Dr. David Aplin (Senior Executive Sharjah Botanic Garden, Sharjah Research Academy); Keith Brewis (Partner for International Operations, Grimshaw):
New Botanical Garden in Sharjah, UAE signing
photograph © Grimshaw

The signing ceremony between Grimshaw and His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah was held in London last week, with work to begin immediately with a team based in Grimshaw’s New York and London studios.

H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi has established the project as a demonstration of the importance of science, knowledge and investment in human endeavour. With a site spanning more than 60ha it is similar in scale and ambition to the Eden Project (Cornwall, UK) and Oman Botanic Garden (Muscat, Oman), both designed by Grimshaw.

Site photo:
New Botanical Garden in Sharjah site
photo © Grimshaw

Andrew Whalley, Deputy Chairman at Grimshaw said, “The Eden Project is a great example of an engaging conservation experience with immersive environments and a rich education programme. Eden is teaching many generations about the natural world in all its wonder. We will build on this with even bolder aspirations for the Sharjah Botanical Garden.”

The project supports the educational, cultural and scientific vision for Sharjah with displays of rare plants alongside comprehensive scientific research and innovation centres. With a variety of immersive environments, the botanical garden will educate people about various natural habitats and the importance of conservation.

Inside view of an Eden Project biome:
Eden Project biome
photograph © Hufton+ Crow

Located within an urban context, the site for the Sharjah Botanical Garden is adjacent to the Sharjah New Mosque and a proposed future residential development and will offer the residents of Sharjah and the UAE an opportunity to enjoy the expansive garden on their doorstep.
Grimshaw Partner for International Operations, Keith Brewis said, “This is Grimshaw’s second botanical garden in the region and our first in the UAE. These projects represent a significant step forward in conserving the natural wonders of the Middle East; we look forward to designing a unique experience for residents of Sharjah and all those who are inspired to address important ecological challenges.”

The Sharjah Botanical Garden will contain a rich and diverse range of natural habitats from around the world set within the overall garden landscape, and individual biome enclosures will contain specific plant life environments. It will also have nurseries, a training centre, research institute and recreational areas.

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Location: Sharjah, UAE




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