View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

U.A.E.'s National Tree

Many countries have a tree that has become a national emblem.

If Albania has the olive,
Canada has the maple,
England has the oak
Denmark has the beech
Finland has the birch
India has the banyan
Japan the cherry
Lebanon the cedar
Pakistan the deodar
Saudi Arabia the Phoenix palm
South Korea the gingko and
Vietnam the bamboo,

What is the national tree of the United Arab Emirates?

Scroll down for the answer.

Answer: The Ghaf.

The decision may not have been made formally but a campaign has been running in recent months to promote the Ghaf as the national tree of the United Arab Emirates.

Check out the informative web site entitled 'Ghaf', which introduces this tree, sketches its history, shares its legends and offers ways that people might participate in the ‘Save the Ghaf’ movement.

Geoff Pound

Image: A ghaf.