Saudi Crown Prince constructing the world’s largest temperature-controlled gardens near Riyadh

  • The Saudi Crown Prince is creating the world’s largest temperature-controlled gardens
  • These will span across 10 hectares in the middle of a desert
  • The botanical gardens will try to feature all the plants in Earth’s history

Published on May 21, 2024 at 3:04 PM (UTC+4)
by Siddharth Dudeja

Last updated on May 22, 2024 at 12:09 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

After a series of megaprojects, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud (MBS) is creating the world’s largest temperature-controlled gardens, the King Abdullah International Gardens.

This project won’t be like your average botanical garden because it will capture the essence of history.

Also, did we mention the botanical gardens will sit in the middle of the desert?

That’s right — the mega-project is under development in the Tuwaiq desert near Riyadh.

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The King Abdullah International Gardens will feature enormous crescent biomes with the actual gardens underneath.

Those biomes are essential because you can’t just set up a huge garden area in the middle of a desert.

But these biomes come bearing gifts.

That’s because these will be temperature-controlled, an ability that most other prominent botanical gardens across the world don’t have.

It will be useful because the project aims to include all sorts of plants that have been part of the Earth for 400 million years.

It’s certainly an ambitious project.

The Saudi Crown Prince surely has big ideas, as he is also planning to build the world’s tallest skyscraper.

And yes, it will be different from the Jeddah Tower, which will also be the world’s tallest skyscraper, but sooner.

It’s because the tower will complete construction first.

Coming back to the botanical project, to accommodate all these plants, the developers needed a large area, which they got.

The Saudi Crown Prince’s King Abdullah International Gardens will span across 10 hectares of land in the Tuwaiq desert.

Different areas designated for several generations of flowers, trees, and other vegetation will cover the biomes.

These areas will include the Jurassic, Cretaceous, Devonian, Carboniferous, Cenozoic, and Paleobotanic periods of history.

And it doesn’t end there — some of these will also feature educational zones so visitors can thoroughly learn about the history of the planet’s offerings.

The essence of this project is to explore sustainable living options for the future.

This also means that the project aims to be completely sustainable once it’s up and running.

It will be solar-powered and feature a water recycling system.

Looking at other large industrial projects in Saudi Arabia, such as the world’s largest water park and an enormous theme park, this is certainly a welcome addition.

And, of course, it will be a massive tourist attraction for the nation.

Saudi Arabia expects over three million visitors yearly to the King Abdullah International Gardens.

If you’re interested in visiting, they will open their doors starting in autumn 2025.


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