Flowers have been part of many different facets of human existence from art, architecture to social events. Much of the architecture of the Arab world heavily features, alongside geometrical design, floral motifs known as the arabesque. Weddings, war, funerals – significant life events – often involve floral exchanges and tributes.
This floral presence in people’s lives has made its way into governance. Countries around the world have assigned or chosen certain flowers as their national flowers. Most Arab countries – with the exception of Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Morocco, Oman, Mauritania and Bahrain – have a national flower chosen in line with their country’s values.