The Oman Botanic Garden is situated in Al Khod, about 20 kilometers from the capital Muscat and is currently under construction and not open to the public before the end of 2020.
It is being developed on 430 hectares by the Diwan of Royal Court in Oman, celebrating the unique plants and landscapes of Oman. The garden will showcase all of Oman’s 1,407 native plant species in a series of carefully created, naturalistic habitats from the dry deserts to the rich monsoon cloud forests. The garden will also showcase the traditionally cultivated crops. With this concept, the Oman Botanic Garden is unique in the world and of global significance – no other botanic garden is representing the entire flora of one country in habitat settings.
The Oman Botanic Garden will present an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to experience the flora and vegetation of Oman while learning about the agricultural heritage, rich cultural traditions and legendary hospitality of the country.
The design concept is based on four basic principles:
► The native flora is represented in naturalistic habitats
► The garden should reflect and honour Oman’s rich botanical heritage
► The garden demonstrates a sustainable approach
► The displays are interactive and apply a modern and exciting way of education and interpretation
This is an ambitious project and is the first of its kind in the Sultanate of Oman and in the whole region. Environmental education is at the heart of the garden and one of its key functions. The garden protects the plant diversity of Oman through botanical and horticultural research and conservation.