This astonishing garden, called 'piece of Eden', will no-doubt continue to enthrall millions of visitors in the years to come, with millions of blooming flowers in various artistic designs each season, with outstanding structures.
Although a desert wouldn't be the place where you would expect to find the world's largest natural flower garden, Dubai being Dubai, is also a place where you can expect the unexpected. For instance, the Ski Dubai, which is chilled all year and is complete with real snow!
Located in Dubailand, near the Arabian Ranches, the Dubai Miracle Garden comprises more than 45 million flowers spread across the 72000 sqm site, most of which, are planted for the first time in the Gulf region. The traditional flowerbeds are arranged in arches and flowerbeds forming various shapes and patterns, with topiary-style displays, apart from blooms that take the shape of stars, hearts, igloos, pyramids and many more.
No wonder then, that the Dubai Miracle Garden gained world recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records as the 'Largest Vertical Garden', during its 1st phase.
Developed by the landscaping company, Akar, the Dubai Miracle Garden aims to attract at least a million visitors annually when fully established. The floral displays will change each season, so visitors can hope to have a new experience when they visit the Garden each time.
Akar has said that it has been possible to develop such a garden in this desert only through 'judicious' re-use of waste water, through drip irrigation. The developer said that the garden indicates that it is possible to green the desert through judicious re-use of waste water.
The Dubai Miracle Garden will open in two phases. The first phase of the Miracle Garden, which is now open to visitors, includes huge structures of sunflowers, seven stars, huge stunning flowers of 3D art design, seven flower hearts, seven pyramids and huge florally designed UAE flag.
The Phase one also offers state-of-the-art amenities, such as open parking, VIP parking, prayer room sitting areas, toilet blocks, security room, ablution facility, carts for handicapped visitors, first aid room, retail and commercial kiosk, and all other related services for visitors.
There will be two shaded floral arch pathways, with hanging flower baskets, an umbrella pathway, a flower tunnel, Lilium flower lamps and a birthday corner with 3D design.
Apart from the said, a Ferrari car with driver decorated by flowers, flower apple structure, a vertical buried cars zone, flower boats and Islamic Arch Design are all part of Phase One.
Here are some highlights in the new-look garden:
The brilliant round-shaped garden is designed in 3D and decorated with flowers in a total 1800 square meters can accommodate 300 people per visit. Currently, thousands of brightly coloured butterflies are the latest attractions in the Miracle Garden.
The Butterfly Garden consists of 9 domes, with each dome being filled with various colours, sizes and species of lovely colourful butterflies (10,000 live butterfly species). Also, between the domes, there are alluring butterfly museum and a butterfly flower park. The domes are climate-controlled and give butterflies a comfortable environment, as the domes are open year-round.
All designs are built consistently on the butterfly garden theme - International Garden, Aromatic Garden, Souvenir Shop, Flower Watch, Children Play Area, and more. The International Garden includes sculptures from UAE and several countries around the world made entirely out of real flowers. Apart from the butterfly park, there is butterfly museum too, which is built based on a theme linked to the creature.
This enchanting fragrant village, also known as 'Aromatic Garden', comprising 10 flower houses and a large 'palace' complete with mind-boggling variety of flowers, also include sunflowers that track the sun movement. This aromatic garden includes medicinal plants from around the world, including more than 200 countries. Visitors get to smell, touch and make their own cup of tea, fresh from the garden. There are also seating areas and service counters too provide cups and seats for visitors.
The edible garden is the place where visitors get to pluck and eat fruit of their choice, without actually being chased by gardener. This section has variety of vegetables and fruits including tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce, and more. The vegetables and fruits are planted such that more stock can be added, as and when needed. A separate strawberry garden is being planned for Phase Two.
Souvenir Shop: For those on the look-out for a suitable gift for friends and family, a visit to this souvenir shop may be worth a try. It sells a variety of butterfly-related products and merchandise with the butterfly garden logo, to make your visit a memorable one.
Here you can surely enjoy your voyage of discovery, with sculptures from around the UAE and several countries from around the world made entirely out of real flowers!
Flower Watch (Floral Clock)
For the first time in Dubai, the Garden will house a floral clock, which is about 13 metres in diameter, made of real plants and flowers. The clock also includes a small bird house, with a bird tweeting every 15 minutes. The design of the clock will change twice a year (for each season).
The garden will include three colourful peacocks, out of which, two will be displayed with a large fanlike opened tails of 12 metre diameter, and one with closed tail around 13 metres in length, all designed with colourful flowers posed on the Green Floor.
Your visit to the miracle garden will be incomplete without a walk to this place, where seven boats made of flowers are anchored in a lake, which is also made of flowers. Another fascinating sight here is the flower tunnel, apart from a wall adorned with names of countries.
Children Play Area
The Children Centre is the place to be for kids. The games here are unique, and other than electronic games, which keeps children involved in physical healthy activities. The centre is suitable for children in the age group 4 to 14 years, and includes a small stage for magic and illusion show.
Among the other facilities within the park are restaurant, sitting areas, shops, rest areas, first-aid rooms, toilet blocks, coffee shops, ice cream shop, small grocery store, men and women Mosque, garden trains, club carts, tricycles and ample parking space.
The Dubai Miracle Garden has already drawn about 700,000 visitor numbers during the first season, with the new season likely to attract more than a million visitors. True to its name, the Miracle Garden, will no-doubt be one-of-a-kind miracle in the region and in the world, due to its unique display of flowers and extravagant outdoor entertainment. The garden serves as a healthy outdoor alternative to your regular weekend trips to the shopping malls.