The concrete and cement jungle that is Riyadh is finally going to get some green:
Saudi ‘Eden’ built in the desert
The largest series of botanical landscapes in the world is being built in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The gardens – covering 160 hectares (395 acres) – aims to re-create the 400 million-year-old history of the Earth’s plants, trees and flowers. The £100m ($200m) project is due to be completed in 2010. The complex of gardens – to be called the King Abdullah International Gardens – is a gift from the city of Riyadh to the Saudi monarch. The landscapes will be five times larger than the similar Eden Project in south-west England.