Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music.
The Dubai Miracle Garden was launched on Valentine's Day in 2013. It occupies over 72,000 square metres, making it the world's largest natural flower garden, featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.
We decided to have another slow start to the day, and it was not until late morning that we e set out for our day’s adventures.
When I had been researching visiting Dubai, I had come across the Miracle Gardens, which is a seasonal attraction, so I thought we could go and check this out while we were in town. To get there we caught the metro to the Mall of the Emirates and then a bus from there.
The weather had been grey and rainy, but as we arrived things started to improve.
The Dubai Miracle Garden was launched on Valentine’s Day in 2013. It occupies over 72,000 square metres (780,000 sq ft), making it the world’s largest natural flower garden, featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.
It is hard to comprehend the Miracle Gardens, it is total sensory overload. As soon as you walk through flower-covered arches that lead to various areas of the gardens.
The garden is divided into different themes. One of the larger areas was dedicated to the football World Cup which was happening in Qatar not too far away from here. They had decided to use the Smurfs as centrepiece of this display which was a lot of fun. Other memorable exhibits had massive animals including elephants and horses created from plants and flowers.
The grounds are extensive and just walking around and taking it all in took a great amount of time. There were castles, ballet dancers and many, many other things to see.
I was not quite sure how we’d find the Miracle Gardens, but it did exceed our expectations. We had an amazing time.
After finishing up at the Miracle Gardens we caught the bus back to the Mall of the Emirates. Before heading to the metro, we thought we’d go in a have a look. This is another of Dubai’s megamalls and was in full swing for the Christmas holidays. There was a huge area set-up when stollen was being sold to raise money for charity, we had a little taster, but we were not going to buy a whole cake as it probably would not survive the trip back to the UK in a day’s time.
Like our trip a few days earlier to the Dubai Mall, we found it overwhelming to be here, so we didn’t stay for more than about 30 minutes, which was only enough time to see a fraction of this ginormous mall.
Planning your visit to the Miracle Gardens
HOW TO GET HERE
Take the Dubai Metro and stop at the MOE (Mall of the Emirates metro station) – Red line.
RTA Bus Route 105 from MOE to Dubai Miracle Garden.
A taxi is also available in case public transportation is not convenient for you.
The Miracle Garden is usually open in the winter months from October until May.
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the weekends (Friday and Saturday).
Best time to visit Dubai
Dubai, being situated in the Northern Desert belt, is characterised by a hot desert climate, described as BWh in the Köppen climate classification. Situated on the Arabian Gulf in the Middle East’s United Arab Emirates, Dubai experiences high temperatures with minimal precipitation throughout the year. Due to this positioning, the city is inherently dry and warm, fluctuating between warm winters and scorching summers.
In terms of temperature variations, the city experiences an average low of 18.8°C in January and a peak of 39.4°C in July. However, it is not rare to encounter higher temperatures, especially during the peak summer months. The warm temperature is consistent throughout the year, although November to March sees a slight drop, creating cool, pleasant winters.
Rainfall in Dubai is minimal and occurs sporadically, with an annual average range from 0mm during summertime to 10mm in March. Interestingly, the city experiences almost no rainfall from May to September. With regard to humidity, the average percentage throughout the year is above 47%, peaking in January and closely followed by November and December.
Where to stay
MID-RANGE: ROVE CITY CENTRE
Offering a year-round outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre, Rove City Centre, Deira is located just a 7 minutes drive from Dubai International Airport and 20 minutes by car from Dubai Mall. Guests can enjoy the on-site all-day dining restaurant, The Daily. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The property offers a self-service laundromat. Each spacious room at this 270-room hotel is air-conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. Interconnecting rooms are available upon request. You will find coffee-making facilities in the room. Extras include a hairdryer. All rooms have a private bathroom equipped with a rain shower.
BUDGET: AL KARNAK HOTEL
Featuring 1-star accommodation, AL KARNAK HOTEL – BRANCH is located in Dubai, 5.5 km from Grand Mosque and 8.7 km from Dubai World Trade Centre. This 1-star hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The accommodation provides an ATM, and currency exchange for guests.
Complete with a private bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries, all units at the hotel have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms will provide you with a balcony.
OSTAY – DUBAI MALL
Located in Dubai, 700 metres from The Dubai Fountain and 400 metres from the centre, OSTAY – Address Dubai Mall -The residence provides air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi and a rooftop pool. The accommodation features a sauna.
Featuring a kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, each unit also comes with a safety deposit box, a satellite flat-screen TV, ironing facilities, a desk and a seating area with a sofa. There is a private bathroom with a hot tub in every unit, along with slippers, a hairdryer and free toiletries.
A continental, Italian or American breakfast is available daily at the property. At the aparthotel, you will find a restaurant serving African, American and Argentinian cuisine.