His Highness commended the efforts of the technical and administrative staff of Al-Wosta Channel to highlight the features of the Central Region to which they belong.
The Central Region is Desert and Sahara
His Highness started His interview about the nature of the desert at the Central Region by saying the word "desert" is an Arabic word ,and if we prepared it to the origin we said "Sahar" which means the colour change , even the lion , which is characterised by the colour of the desert called (Al Musahar) which is the name of the lion. The Ruler of Sharjah added in the world we have many deserts such as the desert of Nevada, the Kalahari Desert in Africa, the Victoria Desert in Australia, and the Great Desert of North Africa.
His Highness noted, but what we mean by the word desert, it means Al Badia, as Badiat Al Sham and Badiat Najed , but what is Badia? The Badia comes from the word (Bada) which means started the hostility, the people before Islam they started hostility against each other by poems ,and because of that we called (Bada) and from it the word Badia comes.
The Sand Dunes form in the Region
On the environmental composition, terrain and geography of the Central Region, His Highness said , in the old days the valleys were descending from the mountains and all the lagoons on the coast were estuaries of rivers, but after the thawing of the ice, the earth was desolate because it was green, as our Prophet (peace be upon him ) said that the Arabian Peninsula, "the empty quarter", was green but after that it reached to its situation now .
Mountains of the Central Region
The Ruler of Sharjah, explained the difference between the mountains shown in the Central Region and the series of mountains of lime on the Eastern Coast, His Highness said, these mountains result from separation and not friction, so we see no occurrence of any kind of earthquakes, and is considered separated by a large division, and may be in this area many groundwater are there , but the question here, is the composition of these mountains are the same as the composition of stone mountains in the Eastern Region? The answer is no, the mountains in the Central Region consist of rocks called in English "Limestone".
Natural Dams and Reservoirs of Valleys in the Central Region
His Highness noted that the sites are rich in ground water in the Central Region, and there are only two spots are distinctive, the first one is ( Al Faja) and the second one is (Agareb).
Names of Areas and their Implications
His Highness noted ,on some names that are called on areas in the Emirate of Sharjah in general and the Central Region in particular, the first (Al Badawi ) in the desert does not leave a trace, even after cooking he buried ash, but what are the effects in the desert? for example, the (Al Athafi) stones which is used in cooking.
His Highness said, I worked to collect all the plants in the desert and made bank for it, by that I saved them because they are endangered by extinction, cars, drought and overgrasing. The seeds of these plants were .collected, developed, and cultivated, as well as I collected all the wild animals and worked to raise them because they are threatened with extinction
The reason for the name of the Al Gurha valley
His Highness added the Valley of the Al Gurha , was full of water from (Al Battha) and because of that the valley was full of grasses and herbs , the name of the valley came from its sweet water.
Wells and Caravans
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah said, the wells are always located in the caravan roads so that the traveler can drink water, and here we have to say that the Central Region is connecting the North to the South and East to the West.
Melloukh and Mleiha
His Highness said, in the (Tawa) of (Al Hisn) in the Fort there are archaeological fortifications still exist, and next to it there is a well named by its name , its date estimated about three thousand years BC, but why the Central Region like Mleiha and Al Madam were like that ? In this region, called the Middle East, there were fierce wars between the Persians and the Romans. Trade came from India, Sindh, China and intervened through the Arabian Gulf at the Straits of Hormuz. The Persians dominated this area. The Romans took another route from Failaka to Bahrain and directly to Mleiha , and the goods are also coming from Oman from Muscat or Sohar. Sohar comes from Wadi Al-Qour, and at the end of the mountains there is a large land called (Siraj) in Arabic ,and in Greek they called it Melloukh ,and from this is came the name Mleiha.
Aflaj Central Region
His Highness spoke about (Al Aflaj ) in the Central Region and its nature, by saying some of them are very old.
Palm Oasis and Future Projects
Regarding the reconstruction of the Palm Oasis in Al-Dhaid, His Highness said that the Central Region is rich in its palms.
His Highness revealed of many projects to serve the people in the Central Region.
The Central Channel at Al Dhaid
His Highness concluded his speech by saying; I want to say to all employees of this channel we don’t want to impose on the people of this area urbanization, but we want to show the culture of (Al Badia).
Al Badee Palace Nursery
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi accompanied Dr. Al Mazrouei and the staff of the programme to Al Badee palace , they toured the nursery of the palace ,during that His Highness explained to them how His Highness planted ( Al Qasd) tree and how His Highness directed to use the hormone in multiplication of this tree.
His Highness ,referred the efforts of the Emirate of Sharjah and its interest in the desert trees, where it was keen to establish reserves, which includes a large number of trees and desert plants.
His Highness stressed the need to protect and preserve the environment and preserve the biological diversity in the wild ,the plant and trees, in order to restore the desert areas to lead life as it was.