I’m sure you would not normally expect to find a huge flower garden right in the middle of the desert. Being about the Dubai desert, things are totally different. Here, it’s not impossible to imagine yourself strolling through millions of petunias to which you get to only after crossing some sand dunes in which the only plants that would survive are cacti. The city of the Emirates has repeatedly proved, and at any occasion, that no project is unrealistic, no matter how bold, and that it can successfully compete with Alice’s Wonderland in Lewis Caroll’s story
It’s probably not the first time you hear about the Miracle Garden in Dubai, and maybe you’ve already made plans to get here or maybe you’ve already been. Whatever it is, I want to tell you how a visit to the garden looks like, and why you should not miss it when you have a trip to the UAE. I myself was so impressed that I even included it on Dubai’s list of Instagrammable places. Probably also because an important event of my life has happened here but that is another story I’ve already told you in a previous article.
Being relatively close to each other, I recommend visiting Miracle Garden on the same day with the Global Village, a huge complex of country representations from around the world, another attraction that you should add to your itinerary. The garden is an open space with very few shadowed places. So, it’s best to get here in the morning, when temperatures are a bit more permissive, and when you can take great pictures, and choose to spend the afternoon exploring over 70 countries at the Global Village.
Right from the beginning, I want to warn you about the expectations that you could have before coming here. Although it is a fascinating, beautiful and extremely colorful place, Miracle Garden has nothing in common with a botanical garden. Even if the flowers are as natural as possible, the structures on which they are placed and the perfect symmetry make this place look artificial and exaggerated at first glance. But this exaggeration effect makes Miracle Garden so loved. Heart-shaped flowers, butterflies covered with flowers, teddy bears, flower-covered houses, and an Emirates Airbus A380 in natural size, each inch of which is covered with flowers. The best thing is that a part of the decoration changes from one season to another, and every time you choose to come here, you can admire a completely different arrangement than the one before.
A Guinness World Records project
Although the variety of flower species is not very large, most of them are petunias, the color range is impressive, but also the number of plants which included the Garden in the Book of Records in 2016, for the largest flower arrangement in the world. Approximately 45 million.
It’s a real pleasure to wander the alleys and admire the surroundings while thinking about the impressive efforts that have to be done in order to keep the millions of flowers alive in the suffocating heat of the desert. Each flower species has a special care, and certainly, the maintenance costs are extremely high. The cost of the project was equally high. 11 million US dollars was the total cost by the time the Garden was officially opened in 2013, right on Valentine’s Day, a proof that it was thought from the beginning to be a romantic project, dedicated mainly to couples. However, the garden is also a preferred place for children who enjoy the recently opened Butterfly Garden.
Although Miracle Garden is closed in the summer months, when temperatures are unbearable, heat is quite present for the rest of the year as well and may become even more uncomfortable with the crowd. To avoid as much as possible, I recommend to stay away from the weekends, which in the Emirates mean Friday and Saturday and, instead, come here on the weekdays. Also, if you feel the need to hydrate during the visit or want a quick snack to have the power to explore for 2.3 hours, you will be glad to find out that there is also a food court in the garden, covered with a ceiling made of colorful umbrellas.
How to get to The Miracle Garden:
- by bus. There is a direct line 105 that arrives here from Mall of the Emirates for the sum of 5 Dirhams
- by taxi. The ride will cost around 50-70 dirhams, depending on where are you coming from
- with a rented car
The garden is opened from November to February and the entrance fee is 45 Dirhams. The hours are:
- Sunday-Thursday 9 am – 9 pm
- Friday – Saturday 9 am – 11 pm