The biggest man-made forest in the region is being created in the middle of the desert north of Doha. The wood, which will cover an area of 8.3 square km, will feature 95,000 trees with 28 different species, all of which have been chosen to withstand the local climate. There will also be four lakes across 280,000 sq meters, Rafi Ohanian, operations director at Nakheel Landscapes, explained. Each will have trees and will serve as bird and wildlife sanctuaries. Work started on the forest project in early 2015 and is due to be completed by March 2017. So far, around 30,000 of the trees have been planted and the lakes have been dug and filled. The trees are a mix of native species as well as more decorative types that can cope with Qatar’s harsh, dry climate. Treated water from the nearby plant is being used to irrigate the area.