‘Ghars’ Tree Planting Ceremony Brings Qatari And Turkish Communities Together

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), collaborated with the Turkish Embassy in Doha in a recent planting ceremony to highlight the importance of green conservation initiatives in Qatar.

The ceremony, which was inspired by QBG’s ‘Ghars’ campaign, took place in the courtyard of the Turkish Embassy in Doha, and brought together representatives from Qatar Foundation and other local institutions, along with Qatari and Turkish diplomats, businessmen, community leaders and executives.

The ‘Ghars’ campaign provides diverse year-round awareness activities which engage the local community in an effort to increase awareness about environmental sustainability and green issues.

The event encouraged cross-cultural engagement and raised awareness of the importance of trees and the preservation of Qatar’s natural resources, supporting QF’s endeavours to help build a sustainable future for the nation in line with the Environmental Development Pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mr Ahmet Demirok, Ambassador of the Turkish Republic in Qatar, and Ms Fatima Saleh Al-Khulaifi, Project Manager of QBG, who marked the event by planting olive, fig and Sidra trees.

HE Mr Demirok said: “Islam expresses great concern for the environment and we should endeavor to preserve natural resources, especially trees, within their natural habitats in accordance with instructions of our religion. I would like to express my gratitude to the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, and Ms Fatima Saleh Al-Khulaifi, for organizing the ‘Ghars’ event in the Turkish Embassy.”

During the event, a variety of plants and trees mentioned in Islamic culture were displayed, demonstrating the affiliation between flora, botanic terms, and conservation principles mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, Hadith and Sunnah.

In addition to the ceremony, QBG presented an exhibition of tools traditionally used to cultivate the date palm tree, illuminating part of the rich horticultural history of the Qatari community.

Ms Fatima Saleh Al-Khulaifi said: “We consider the ‘Ghars’ campaign as a literal translation of efforts made by the Qur’anic Botanic Garden towards the environment by caring, protecting and planting trees in order to rehabilitate and conserve plant life.”

QGB continues to identify and work alongside national institutions in Qatar which conserve and support sustainable development frameworks to ensure the environmental wellbeing of the nation.