Oman Botanic Garden is a project of national importance and international significance. It is an institution which seeks to understand and preserve the diversity and fragility of the natural world.
The scheme was developed by Arup’s multidisciplinary team based in London which included landscape architects, SMEP engineers, civil engineers, and transport planners in collaboration with Grimshaw and Haley Sharpe Design.The team led the development of the masterplan, through all design stages and now the construction phase.
The project is representing the eight habitats of Oman within a single site for the benefit of Omani people
and visiting tourists.The verdant monsoon forests of southern Oman, and the cool mountain tops of the Hajar are represented within two climate-controlled biomes.
Oman Botanic Garden follows seven guiding principles:
- Sustainability: supporting the principles of sustainability by promoting environmental protection, enabling social equity, protection of heritage and achieving economic viability through diversification of revenue.
- Excellence: becoming a role model in all areas of activities, at national, regional and global levels.
- Collaboration: forming partnerships and acting as a national, regional and international platform.
- Education: raising awareness and understanding
- about Oman’s plant diversity and ethno-botany to influence behaviour change and make a positive contribution to plant and heritage conservation.
- Enjoyment: create a place of fun and celebrate the famed hospitality and fascinating stories of Oman.
- Integrity: ensuring processes and procedures are open, transparent and accountable.
- Relevance: focusing the Garden’s work to ensure it reflects the needs of the country’s demographics and is relevant and responsive to its people.
With every plant sourced sustainably from Oman and grown on site, there is unique opportunity to
not only conserve the botanical diversity but to also become a centre for research and education to enact behavioural change and form a greater respect for the fragile environment.