Plant Encyclopedia available at 50% discount at Dar Al Sharq Pavilion

Muhammad Ali Al Khoury (left) and Dr Yousef Alhorr

Doha: The Encyclopedia of Native and Non-native Plants of Eastern Arabia is now available to the public at the Dar Al Sharq Pavilion during the 31st Doha International Book Fair, to be held from January 13-22 at the Exhibition and Trade Center Doha Congress.

Developed by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality represented by the Department of Public Parks, the Encyclopedia of Native and Non-Native Plants of Eastern Arabia is a unique publication in its genus which provides a comprehensive guide to the cultivation of plants in eastern Arabia from Kuwait to the coast of Oman on the Persian Gulf.

It took seven years of research work to prepare the encyclopedia. Alongside the exploration of hundreds of specialized scientific publications, field research was carried out by a group of GORD experts.

With limited copies available at 50% off exclusively at the Doha International Book Fair, the encyclopedia comprises six volumes spanning over 3,500 pages with details of 800 plant species, providing a comprehensive guide to growing plants in eastern Arabia from Kuwait to the coast of Oman on Arabian Gulf.

Expressing the rationale for displaying the encyclopedia at the book fair, Dr Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman of GORD, said: “As one of the largest exhibits in the region, we believe that the Doha International Book Fair is the perfect platform to showcase and spread the word about it. piece of literature, which is undoubtedly among the most comprehensive scientific records designed and developed on plants existing in the eastern Arabian habitat. We sincerely hope that this encyclopedia will inspire more authentic research in areas related to sustainability.

Muhammad Ali Al Khoury, Director of the Department of Public Parks at the Ministry of Municipality, said: “The Department of Public Parks has invested years of research and experimentation to achieve a level of documentation that will serve as a legacy for generations to come. to come. In this context, the Encyclopedia of Native and Non-Native Plants of Eastern Arabia has become an asset for professionals working in relevant fields. We commend the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) for taking the lead and successfully scaling up this pioneering work whose benefits transcend a range of sectors.

The encyclopedia presents a collection of plant species organized systematically with descriptive details such as conservation status, worldwide distribution, nativity in the region, lifespan, adaptability, cultivation and plant forms.

With economic, medicinal, landscape and environmental uses gathered in one place, the book serves as a reference tool for professionals working in various sectors such as architecture, health, medicine and landscape engineering to n to name a few. Produced with high-end printing techniques, the encyclopedia is a unique resource that will enrich public and private libraries in Qatar and the wider MENA region.

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