Arid Dubai doesnâ€™t seem like a place where you expect to find the worldâ€™s biggest natural flower garden.
Located in Dubailand near the Arabian Ranches and opened on Valentineâ€™s Day,Â Dubai Miracle GardenÂ has become a home for over 45 million flowers over a 72,000 sq metre site and, as well as traditional flowerbeds.
The amazing garden features topiary-style displays with blooms fashioned into various forms of hearts, stars, igloos, pyramids and so on.
This tourist attraction predicted to attract one million visitors a year once fully established, was developed by the landscaping company Akar. Floral displays will change each season so that repeat visitors will have a new experience each time.
Visitors, short of breath by the beauty of the worldâ€™s largest garden, have dubbed it a little â€śpiece of Edenâ€ť, many admitting they discovered the destination by accident.
Kate Holbrooke, a Canadian who has been living in Dubai for nine years, is still exited of what she saw: â€śWhy arenâ€™t they telling people about this? Iâ€™ve never seen such a beautiful sight as this.â€ť
A mother of two-and-half-year-old twins Layla and Siena and resident of Falcon City, Kate revealed that she never imagined a â€śpiece of Edenâ€ť could be possible in the desert.
â€śIâ€™ve been to so many cities but have never seen anything like this,â€ť she said.â€¨Besides the flower-decked perimeter wall, there are special landscaping designs, horizontal and even vertical, for each area: arc-shaped walkways, a pathway covered with colourful mini-umbrellas, 10-metre-high flower pyramids, water bodies and flower-decked vintage or designer cars.
As Gulf News reports, a golf cart can be requested for special-needs or elderly visitors. There are public toilets, ablution and prayer rooms.
â€śIt looks like a perfect pre-nuptial or wedding destination,â€ť said Cathy, a British woman who attended thr wonderful garden by accident. â€¨Thereâ€™s ample space for outdoor recreation and provision for retail outlets.
The Miracle Garden contains species of flowers which have been planted for the first time in the Gulf region, said park developers.
Abdel Naser Y. Rahhal of Al Ain-based Akar Landscaping and Agriculture Co., said that no two seasons will be the same at Miracle Garden as it different themes will be created for every single season.
Akar is well known for creating Al Ain Paradise, a home to approximately 10 million flowers in the garden city near the Omani border.
â€śWe are currently concentrating on annual, seasonal flowers,â€ť said Rahhal, revealing later that they are also planting trees on the perimeter as windbreakers.
â€śWe have put this together with tourists in mind. We also want to demonstrate that itâ€™s possible to green the desert through judicious re-use of waste water, through drip irrigation.â€ť
Rahhal said there are at least 45 natural colours found in the Miracle Garden.Retail outlets, restaurants, souvenir shops, plant nurseries and a multi-storey car park will form part of the destination in the second phase of its development. Work will start on site in mid-2013.
â€śIn Europe, itâ€™s dead in the winter and alive in spring and summer. Weâ€™re the total opposite. Here in the desert, winter is ideal for optimum growth of outdoor flowers. This is just how the world works,â€ť said Rahhal.