800-year-old olive tree from Lebanon graces the Capital

ABU DHABI - After a road journey of two weeks, an 800-year-old olive tree brought from Lebanon was planted in one of the capital’s prime communities.


Nissar Hoath

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Published: Wed 20 Jul 2011, 12:33 AM

Last updated: Wed 24 May 2023, 3:21 PM

The tree named Lone Olive is now in the centre of Rawdhat, a new community being developed by Reem Developers, as a welcoming sight for residents and visitors on the Old Airport Road overseeing the majestic Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

“The Mediterranean Basin Lebanese olive tree was brought by road in November last year and was kept in a highly advanced nursery till it was planted at the Rawdhat development site last week,” Paul Fernandez, Corporate Affairs Director at Reem Developers, told Khaleej Times on Monday.

He added that it took a two-week road journey from Lebanon to Abu Dhabi for the four-metre high five tonne tree to be transported in a well equipped temperature-controlled truck manned with experts.

The company hired Exotica Nursery, a leading regional agricultural company based in Abu Dhabi’s Ajban area, for the transportation and maintenance until it was planted at the site.

“Since November when it was shifted, the tree was kept at the nursery in Ajban for its maintenance and growth before it was planted last week.” Fernandez added that a highly experienced landscaping company has been hired to to look after, maintain and help the tree survive for another 800 years and even more.

“The Gulf Dunes, which is a leading landscaping company with all the experiences, expertise and technology, is engaged for this and other landscaping jobs in the community.” According to Ho Kiam Kheong, Chief Development Officer, many varieties of plants and shrubs in their thousands will line the avenues and create lush parks within Rawdhat, but the solitary olive tree, originating from Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast, has been given pride of place at the heart of the community.

“The landscaping is now well under way and the abundance of trees and plants will make the community a beautiful and relaxing place to live and work,” he said.

“We wanted the centerpiece to be something unique and chose the olive tree because of its character and historic significance. It will give people a sense of arrival when they enter Rawdhat and those who live, work and visit will enjoy and appreciate it for many years to come.”


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