Chairman’s award for Nakheel’s nursery man

18th December 2012




Mohamed Al Zaabi honoured for bringing indigenous parks to Dubai


Dubai, 18 December 2012:  Nakheel employee Mohamed Al Zaabi, has received a special award for his work in bringing indigenous parks to Dubai.

Mohamed, who runs Nakheel’s nursery, received his award from Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah in recognition of his success in introducing a new style of green space to Palm Jumeirah and other Nakheel communities in Dubai.

Mohamed was pivotal in the development of Al Ittihad Park, Nakheel’s newly-opened, 1.1 million sqft, sustainable, communal garden on Palm Jumeirah. The park – the first of its kind in UAE– contains more than 60 varieties of trees and plants indigenous to the UAE.

Presenting the award, Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah, said: “Al Ittihad Park is our special tribute to our country: an expansive display of the UAE’s trees, plants and herbs on the world famous landmark of Palm Jumeirah, made possible thanks to Mohamed’s expertise, effort and enthusiasm.”

Mohamed, who has been interested in UAE flora since he was a young boy, was given 1.5 years to produce Nakheel’s first indigenous park. During that time, he did extensive research, testing and plant propagation, even making a small nursery at his own house to act as a testing ground.

Mohamed said: “I am very proud to receive this award.  Plants and trees are my hobby as well as my profession, and I’m delighted to have used my knowledge and love of UAE nature to bring Al Ittihad Park to the Palm.”

Ittihad Park – the first of a series of indigenous parks planned for Nakheel developments – is flanked by a 3.2km jogging track and contains trees and plants found in the UAE’s deserts, mountains, wadis and coastal areas. Many have medicinal uses, and all need minimal water to thrive.   

The park provides a new focal point for Palm Jumeirah and has been hugely welcomed by Palm residents and visitors since it opened earlier this month.  It is open 24 hours a day, and has parking for 700 vehicles.

Nakheel’s Jumeirah Village community is next in line for an indigenous park, with planting starting this week.


Arabic name

Botanical name


UAE Habitat


Aerva Javanica

Soft fibres used in pillows


Oshbat um Salam

Boerhavia Elegans

Treatment of malaria



Cassia Angustifolia

Treatment of constipation



Cassia Italica

Used in folk medicine

Sandy gravel/wadis


Caralluma Arabica

Fights diabetes



Dodonea Viscosa

Used to make weapons



Euphorbia Tirucalli

Treatment of cancer

Wet areas


Lycium Shawii

Treatment of sore eyes



Tephrosia Apollinea

Folk medicine

Rocky/sandy/salty areas


Sporobolus spicatus

Rehabilitation of degraded salt affected habitats

Marshy areas/salty soil


Cyperus Conglomeratus

Controls erosion, good animal fodder

Sandy/salty places


Tecomella Undulata

Source of timber and a soil binding tree



Prosopis Cineraria

Animal food, folk medicine, fire wood

Sandy places


Moringa Peregrina

Important oil of ancient times

Moutnains/salty wadis


Zizyphus Spina Christi

Edible fruits rich in Vitamin C

Wadi beds/desert regions/coastal foothills


Aloe Vera

Herbal medicine with healing and soothing properties

Mountain areas


Ricinus Communis

Oil used to cure dermatitis, eye ailments and others


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