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About the project

UAEFlora is a fully referenced, extensively validated, evolving, virtual data base which has been designed and developed to introduce native plants form the biodiversity of UAE to the Global scientific communities, with the help and support of UAE plants’ expert from all the emirates.This data base will be accessible to experts, researchers, and public to support the UAE flora conservation and reintroduction efforts. For this purpose, over 1000 native plants have been identified from more than 200 published articles and books from national and international author. Each entry in UAE Flora contains over 100 data fields representing various ecological, biological, and pharmacological properties, which have been properly documented in the database for end users. These pieces of information have been manually extracted from the literatures.

The prime aim of this database is to share knowledge, conservation, ecosystem protection, possibility to select the plants by benefits and it will serve the purpose of a plant data repository which is the first-of-its-kind in United Arab Emirates. UAE Flora is an initiative of Fujairah Environment Authority (FEA) and Fujairah Research Centre (FRC). The Fujairah research Centre plays a central role in the Emirate of Fujairah's vision and alignment to the UAE innovation strategy 2071. The Centre is focused on applied research and technology innovation for desert and tropical areas and encompasses environmental, genetic, marine, and wildlife research. FRC’s mission is to be recognized as an innovative and socially driven world-class Research Centre striving to support the economic transformation in Fujairah, UAE, and other tropical and desert regions worldwide. Read more