Rare plants from across the globe are set to spring up in the UAE desert - after Sharjah sealed a deal to launch a new botanical garden.
Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, gave the green-light to the project at a signing ceremony in London.
The garden, which will cover more than 600,000 square metres, will be located adjacent to Sharjah New Mosque at the Sharjah-Kalba intersection with Emirates Bypass Road.
The new botanical garden will house rare plants from different countries.
The project will allow visitors, university students and researchers alike to learn about the array of plants on show.
The plants on display at the botanical garden will be documented according to the latest international guidelines.
A completion date for the green scheme has yet to be revealed.
The new botanical garden, along with the Seed Bank and Herbarium in Al Dhaid City, will be a fresh addition to Dr Sheikh Sultan's scientific, educational and cultural vision for the emirate.
Sharjah is already home to the Islamic Botanical Garden, which boasts an education room and library as well as a dedicated zone for plants in need of special attention.
The garden includes more than 90 plants which are native to Sharjah.
A botanical garden is also in place at Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi, housing more than 200 species of plants from across the UAE, as well as countries such as Africa, Australia and the United States.