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The world’s most beautiful garden ­­— in Dubai

Featuring over 45 million flowers in stunning designs and breathtaking shapes ­­— you’ve not seen anything like Dubai Miracle Garden

  • By Jay B. Hilotin, Chief Reporter
  • Published: 22:39 February 20, 2013
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/XPRESS
  • Desert wonder: Dubai Miracle Garden which opened on February 14
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Dubai: A riot of colours as far as the eye can see. A long perimeter wall and four kilometres of pathways decked with bright flowers that glow in the midday sun and still stand out at twilight.

Welcome to Dubai Miracle Garden, the city’s latest outdoor recreational destination, located in Dubailand near the Arabian Ranches.

The little-known park was launched on Valentine’s Day. 
Decked with flowers on the ground and hanging from arches, the garden contains up to 45 million flowers. It is currently batting for a Guinness Record for the world’s longest flower wall with a one-km circumference.

Visitors, overwhelmed by the beauty of the garden, have dubbed it a little “piece of Eden”, many admitting they discovered the destination by accident.

Kate Holbrooke, a Canadian who has been living in Dubai for nine years, said she was in awe of what she saw: “Why aren’t they telling people about this? I’ve never seen such a beautiful sight as this.”

A mother of two-and-half-year-old twins Layla and Siena and resident of Falcon City, Holbrooke said she never imagined a “piece of Eden” could be possible in the desert.

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“I’ve been to so many cities but have never seen anything like this,” she said.
Besides the flower-decked perimeter wall, there are special vertical and horizontal landscaping designs for each area: arc-shaped walkways, a pathway covered with colourful mini-umbrellas, 10-metre-high flower pyramids, water bodies and flower-decked vintage or designer cars.

Flowers are in the shape of hearts, stars, layers and igloos too. A golf cart can be requested for special-needs or elderly visitors. There are public toilets, ablution and prayer rooms.

“It looks like a perfect pre-nuptial or wedding destination,” said Cathy, a British woman who also found the place by accident. 
There’s ample space for outdoor recreation and provision for retail outlets.

The Miracle Garden features flowers which have been planted for the first time in the Gulf region, said park developers.

Abdel Naser Y. Rahhal of Al Ain-based Akar Landscaping and Agriculture Co., said no two seasons will be the same at Miracle Garden as it will follow different themes each season. Akar is the same company that is behind Al Ain Paradise, the size of four football fields and home to approximately 10 million flowers in the garden city near the Omani border. “We are currently concentrating on annual, seasonal flowers,” said Rahhal, adding they are also planting trees on the perimeter as windbreakers.

He said they hope to attract one million visitors a year once fully operational.

“We have put this together with tourists in mind. We also want to demonstrate that it’s possible to green the desert through judicious re-use of waste water, through drip irrigation.”

Rahhal said there are at least 45 natural colours found in the Miracle Garden.

Retail outlets, restaurants, souvenir shops, plant nurseries and a multi-storey car park will form part of the destination in the second phase of its development. Work will start on site in mid-2013.

“In Europe, it’s dead in the winter and alive in spring and summer. We’re the total opposite. Here in the desert, winter is ideal for optimum growth of outdoor flowers. This is just how the world works,” said Rahhal.

 

DETAILS

Timings: 9am to 9pm (open till late-May, reopens in October)

Planted area: 72,000 sqm

Pathways: 4km

Number of flowers: about 45 million

Entrance: Dh20 and free for kids below three (free entry for all until February 21)

Comments (29)

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  1. Added 11:07 July 12, 2013

    Lovely garden... hope to see it one day.

    Priya, Noida, India

  2. Added 13:24 February 21, 2013

    I realy like it. It's very nice.

    aziz khalid, ras al khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:34 February 21, 2013

    Please can you upload the location map? Can you give the directions to reach Dubai Miracle land?

    vijay, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:53 February 21, 2013

    Is it open on Friday?

    Sn, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:41 February 21, 2013

    Lovely garden... hope to see it one day.

    rasha shahin, Amman, Jordan

  6. Added 11:14 February 21, 2013

    The day is not far when people from around the globe will gather to see the all natural beauty in Dubai. They will plan their tours putting Dubai at the top. I appreciate Dubai Government for nice planing and aiming to attract people from around the globe to see the friendly people of the beauty of the UEA.

    Abdul Malek Ibn Ali, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  7. Added 11:12 February 21, 2013

    Thank God Almighty for the natural beauty... Thanks to His Highness of the Emirates to value and keep and arrange Nature so beautifully. Shall surely visit the DUBAI MIRACLES GARDEN! Maria

    Marie Lisie, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:09 February 21, 2013

    Most Beautiful sight. Really looks like a paradise. Hats off to the gardeners.

    Geraldine, dxb, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:01 February 21, 2013

    It's great!

    vishal maskara, dubai, India

  10. Added 10:24 February 21, 2013

    That's great, but where is it in Dubai? Location map and telephone number please.

    Neville Sharif, Sharjah, India

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