The Wild Ghaf
The Ghaf is the UAE National Tree
In 2008, the Ghaf was declared as the national tree of the UAE because of its great cultural and traditional significance. The Ghaf is a drought-tolerant tree, able to withstand the harsh desert environment and still remain green. The Ghaf can live up to 120 years!
The beautiful, valuable Ghaf is the evergreen tree of the desert and it is also referred to as the Union Tree by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, as representing the union of the seven Emirates.
In February 2019, the Ghaf tree was also declared as the symbol of the Year of Tolerance.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum said, “Tolerance is a universal value, and Ghaf is our authentic national tree, a source of life and symbol of stability in the middle of the desert, under its shadows our ancestors gathered to consult on matters related to their daily lives. In the ‘Year of Tolerance’, we chose the Ghaf as a logo for all of us to live by the principles of tolerance, coexistence and diversity.”