Sharjah Natural History and Botanical Museum participates in International Plant Expo Dubai 2010

Published March 8th, 2010 - 10:29 GMT

Sharjah Natural History and Botanical Museum of Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) is participating in the International Plant Expo Middle East (IPM Dubai 2010), being held at Dubai Airport Expo from March 8 to 10, 2010. The participation is part of the museum’s efforts to raise public awareness of the importance of the UAE’s natural environment and how to preserve this legacy for future generations.

“The expo is the region’s largest plant and flower trade fair, and features international exhibitors in the field. The exhibition is a platform to enhance awareness on the latest techniques and research. Through our participation, we aim to raise awareness among visitors on the services provided by the museum on the environmental diversity of the UAE and the botanical wealth,” said Manal Ataya, Director General, SMD.

Shamsa Mohamed Alketbi, Curator of Sharjah Natural History & Botanical Museum, said: “The museum seeks to support agricultural development in the UAE by focusing on maintaining our natural flora, and adopting best practices to overcome the challenges.  We seek to exchange experiences with other participants and raise awareness on our biological diversity.”

At its pavilion “D15”, Sharjah Natural History and Botanical Museum in cooperation with Al Foah Palm Cultivation Developing Company will display various types of palm products. These products have strong health benefits and also find extensive use by various industries. The museum will also discuss the main concerns faced by the date producers in the UAE.

The mission of the Sharjah Natural History and Botanical Museum is to disseminate knowledge of plants through collection, research and display and to inspire in all visitors a respect for the natural world.

The Sharjah Museums Department, established in 2006 by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, aims to promote the emirate’s rich legacy of arts, heritage and culture. For more information on Sharjah Museums Department, please visit the website

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