Paul Chong 06/08/2015
Who would have thought of the possibility of transforming Dubai’s natural desert landscape, hot & dry & barren, into a spectacular world’s largest flower garden. With its desert sand glimmering with gold & rich in oil any transformation is indeed possible. Just like Dubai’s cityscape with the tallest skyscraper in the world & every other superstructure like indoor ski slopes, it’s a miracle come true!
The middle of the desert is the last place you would expect to find: *Rainbow-coloured oasis with 45 MILLION flowers is in the middle of a desert:
· *The Dubai Miracle Garden features over 45 flower species imported from all over the world · *A multitude of shaped archways, flowerbeds and structures can be seen at the 18-acre site ·
*The colourful array is watered by a system that recycles waste water while avoiding evaporation. Indeed money breeds miracles in the world, except that I would say it’s outrageous, opulent, a show-off piece, unnatural, artificial & superficial, to say the least. It’s fine while Dubai keeps pumping & supplying its oil, but what happen when the oil wells run dry?
It’s been open to the public since 2013 but it’s closed during the notoriously hot summer months (June to September) when temperature soars above 40 degrees celcius.
The Dubai Miracle Garden features a sensational 45 million flowers over an 18-acre site, from breathtaking flowerbeds to heart-shaped archways and adorned castles. Dubai Miracle Garden is situated in the North West Quadrant of Arabian Ranches interchange. This amazing tourist attraction is a Guinness Record Holder for the Largest Vertical Garden.
Also popular is the heart shaped flower beds at the Alley of Hearts. The Miracle Garden boasts of more than 45 million blooming flowers with stunning colour combinations achieved through 45 different flower varieties and colour. All imported of course from around the world.
If the natural landscape was not enough, what makes this attraction particularly impressive is the unique sub-surface irrigation system that recycles waste water via drip irrigation while avoiding evaporation and saving up to 75 per cent of water and energy. According to a report in Gulfnews.com, Miracle Gardens’ landscaper, Akar, says it wants to demonstrate “that it’s possible to green the desert through judicious re-use of waste water, through drip irrigation.”
Landscaping company, Akar, sought to deck out the gardens with an awe-inspiring assortment of flowers – most of which are rare and seen for first time in the Middle East, such as petunias and geraniums. In order to create a fresh experience for guests visiting the rainbow gardens, the displays are changed seasonally.
These have included millions of flowers in the shape of a UAE floral flag, floral clock, a Ferrari car with driver decorated by flowers, a vertical buried car zone, flower apple structures, artificial animals, flower boats and an Islamic Arch Design. Of course, the attraction would not be complete without open parking, VIP parking, sitting areas, prayer room, toilet blocks, ablution facility, security room, first aid room, carts for handicapped visitors, retails and commercial kiosk and all other related services available to facilitate visitors. A pathway shaded by umbrellas at the Miracle Garden, provides a colourful walkway for visiting guests.
It’s a magic land, Disneyland of wonderful array of colours & all unimaginable rolled into one. Dubai Miracle Garden is designed to be above all other gardens of the world – the be all & end all of gardens, if the claim for the title is fitting!
Dubai Miracle Garden: Al Barsha South; open daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., October to late May. Entrance 20 AED (US$5.50) per person, kids under three free. http://www.the-miracle-garden.com
Source: CNN, Wikipaedia, YouTube