Dubai to build Holy Quran Park

Dubai, June 21 (IANS/WAM) Dubai authorities are all set to construct a unique public park -- Holy Quran Park.

Spread over 60-hectare area, this special park will have all available plants as mentioned in the holy Quran.

The theme park located in Al Khawaneej area will be specially designed from an Islamic perspective to introduce the miracles of Quran through a variety of surprises for the visitors.

On the occasion of celebrating the 1,000th meeting of the technical committee of Dubai Municipality, Eng. Mohammed Nour Mashroum, the director of General Projects Department, disclosed the details of the proposed project.

According to General Projects Department of Dubai Municipality (DM), the project is expected to be completed by September, 2014.

The park will also have facilities such as an attractive main entrance, an administration building, an Islamic garden, children's play areas, Umrah corner, an outdoor theatre, areas for showing the miracles of the Quran, and fountains.

Besides, it will have bathrooms, a glass building, a desert garden, a palm oasis, a lake, a running track, a cycling track and a sandy walking track.

There are 54 plants mentioned in the holy Quran, including fig, pomegranate, olive, corn, leek, garlic, onion, lentil, barley, wheat, ginger, pumpkin, watermelon, tamarind, seders, vineyards, bananas, cucumbers and basil.

"The glass building will accommodate of 15 items of plants, and other items will be planted in different specific gardens. These plants are expected to stimulate the visitors to think about the reason behind mentioning the names of these plans in the Quran," Mashroum said.

The area allocated for "the miracles of Quran" will include an air-conditioned tunnel to show miracles and stories of the Quran, he said.

The total cost of the project is estimated at around 27 million Dhirams (about $7.5 million) as per the current tenders, and may be slightly varied as per the final design approved by the technical committee.

Though the initial site preparation works, tracks and service buildings have been completed, the second phase of the project will start in July 2013 and end in July 2014 and third stage will start in August 2014 and will last till September 2014.

--IANS/WAM

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