Al Ittihad Park

Al Ittihad Park on Palm Jumeirah is a 1.1 million sq.ft sustainable, green oasis containing more than 60 varieties of trees and plants indigenous to the UAE. Opened in 2012 to coincide with the UAE’s 41st National Day celebrations, the park was created as a special tribute to the nation. ‘Ittihad’ means ‘union’, and the park was built to be a relaxing place where Dubai’s communities could come together to meet and socialise in natural, shaded surroundings.

The park is flanked by a 3.2 km jogging track and has been designed as a unique, sustainable, eco-friendly focal point for inhabitants of Palm Jumeirah, as well as visitors and residents from across the UAE. Open 24 hours a day, with ample parking for visitors, Al Ittihad Park is a stunning natural tourist attraction for those wanting to learn about the country’s diverse plant life. The park contains many of the varieties of trees and plants found in the UAE’s deserts, mountains, wadis and coastal areas, many have medicinal uses and all require minimal watering to thrive,

 

Key trees and plants at Al Ittihad Park:

Arabic name

Botanical name

Uses

UAE Habitat

Tarf/Aara

Aerva Javanica

Soft fibres used in pillows

Desert

Oshbat um Salam

Boerhavia Elegans

Treatment of malaria

Desert/mountains

Halool

Cassia Angustifolia

Treatment of constipation

Valleys

Eshrej

Cassia Italica

Used in folk medicine

Sandy gravel/wadis

Daya

Caralluma Arabica

Fights diabetes

Mountains

Mishras

Dodonea Viscosa

Used to make weapons

Wadis/mountains

Asbej

Euphorbia Tirucalli

Treatment of cancer

Wet areas

Qsad

Lycium Shawii

Treatment of sore eyes

Desert

Dhafar

Tephrosia Apollinea

Folk medicine

Rocky/sandy/salty areas

Halfa

Sporobolus spicatus

Rehabilitation of degraded salt affected habitats

Marshy areas/salty soil

Lebid

Cyperus Conglomeratus

Controls erosion, good animal fodder

Sandy/salty places

Farfar

Tecomella Undulata

Source of timber and a soil binding tree

Wadis

Ghaf

Prosopis Cineraria

Animal food, folk medicine, fire wood

Sandy places

Shooa

Moringa Peregrina

Important oil of ancient times

Mountains/salty wadis

Sidr

Zizyphus Spina Christi

Edible fruits rich in Vitamin C

Wadi beds/desert regions/coastal foothills

Sagal

Aloe Vera

Herbal medicine with healing and soothing properties

Mountain areas

Arash

Ricinus Communis

Oil used to cure dermatitis, eye ailments and others

Valleys/wadis