Where else in the world would you expect to find the world’s largest flower garden?
If you could imagine yourself slightly lost between Toontown, a scene from Alice in Wonderland and the tulip fields of The Netherlands then you might have a small idea of what to expect when you arrive at Dubai Miracle Garden.
Built over 18 acres and with 45 million flowers (or 100 million depending which sources you believe!), it has laid claim to being the largest flower garden in the world, well ahead of perhaps more well known gardens around the world including the Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands, Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, Suan Nong Nooch in Thailand and Kirstenbosch in Cape Town.
Like any attraction in Dubai – of course it’s built on a grand scale; although finding the entrance without getting lost is like locating a needle in a hay stack. Equally getting information on what to expect and its appropriateness for families on the internet beforehand was endlessly frustrating, but this in unfortunately can be par for the course in this part of the world. Here’s where local bloggers can come in handy!!
Nonetheless, off we headed early on a December morning to find our panacea. Located in Dubailand (many parts of which are now defunct following the Global Financial Crisis) on the corner of the E311 and the E63 the entrance is rather unassuming, in fact, a broken up road with very little obvious sign-posting and a semi-abandoned looking car park greets you. Rest assured, however, you’re probably in the right place! Once you spot these little cottages, you’re here!
It’s hard to know where to head to first, but the best advice is to get lost – literally. If you want to beat the camera clicking, skip the archways at the entrance and delve inside straight away – there are plenty more flower archways to come where you can beat the skirmish!! Paths take off in all different directions around the gardens but eventually you end up either at the raised centre platform or the outer pathway where the entrances are. From the elevated platform you can get some great aerial views (and try and plot your eventual exit!)
The garden is planted with season flowers and some of the displays are changed throughout the season. The current display of curiosity during our visit was world landmarks made out of oranges and lemons- goodness knows how they don’t go off in the sun but they are certainly spectacular creations including the Burj Khalifa, the Eiffel Tour and the windmills of the Netherlands.
(The Miracle Garden Dubai 2016 centrepiece display is a floral Emirates A380 creation – for that alone we’ll be making another trip this winter!!)
A large clock with a changing date sits near the centre of the park so bring the special person in your life here on their birthday for a great personalised shot!
The gardens are spotted with dozens of seating areas where you can sit back and enjoy the view, or even bring a picnic.
Satisfying curiosity as to how they can keep something so lush in the middle of the desert, the gardens use a sub-surface irrigation system that recycles waste water. The gardens were designed and developed by the Al Ain-based Akar Landscaping and Agriculture Company.
Globetrotters Recommend Miracle Garden
This is definitely something I would recommend to both families living locally and visitors alike. All my little ones (aged between one to five) were utterly enchanted by the colours and creativity of the place. There’s plenty to keep youngsters amused for at least couple of hours (add another hour if you head next door to the Butterfly Garden – only open since May 2015 its home to 15,000 winged beauties – separate entry fees apply).
Our Top Tips for visiting Miracle Garden
- In the warm Dubai sun children will tire quickly so I’d recommend a stroller for little legs and sun hats regardless of time of year.
- There are only stairs up to the central platform, no ramp so a small amount of stroller lifting will be needed.
- Toilets were fairly plentiful around the gardens with change tables.
- Go early in the day (they open from 9am-9pm) and choose a weekday when schools are in term if possible to have any hope of beating the crowds and getting those beautiful pictures that you want; we left around midday and already the car park was quite full and maneuvering around with the kids was becoming difficult.
- There’s no information on the official website but there are multiple food outlets on site that should be sufficient to suit all nationalities and tastes – from take away popcorn through to full meals. Certainly one of the prettiest food courts you’ll ever see!
- As another option there are plentiful seating areas to bring your pack lunch, no barbequing allowed.
- Be warned its selfie-stick central and you will need a bucket load of patience if you want that perfect shot without someone smacking into you or photo bombing your shot.
- Car parking is free and at the time we left there was a plentiful line of taxi’s available, as well as a bus service that runs every 20 minutes to and from Mall of the Emirates.
- Entry is free to children 3 and under and the disabled, otherwise, a 30dhs entry fee applies. (NB we are advised that the 2016-17 winter season the price will increase to 40AED for adults)
- The gardens close over the hot summer months roughly end of May until November. The Miracle Garden Dubai opening date 2016 was 27 November – we will update here with expected 2017 closure date.
Dubai Miracle Garden Picture Gallery
Have you visited the Dubai Miracle Gardens before? What was your favourite display?
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Disclaimer: I received no remuneration for this review. All views are my own and information is correct as at the time I visited in December 2015
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