Dubai Miracle Garden – The world’s largest natural flower garden in the middle of the desert
The Dubai Miracle Garden is properly deemed a “miracle” since it was built on desert land. It is considered the world’s largest natural flower garden, with 60 million flowers on display stretching over a surface of 72,000-square-meter, according to CNN.
The garden is located in Dubailand near the Arabian Ranches and it opened on Valentine’s Day in 2013. It attracts around 1.5 million visitors a year. Each season, the floral structures are changed, so that the visitors get a different experience every time.
Some highlights have included a life-size replica of the Emirates Airbus A380, which received the Guinness Book of World Records‘ “largest flower installation” title in 2016.
“People get tired of malls, closed places,” Abdel Nasser Y. Rahhal, the man behind the attraction, told NBC News. “I hope people will understand that this country is not only for extremes in concrete and steel. This country is given beautiful weather for seven months … with a little care, you can get a really beautiful production.”
Among the 60 different varieties of flowers that can be found in the garden are petunias, geraniums and marigolds. The preservation of flowers is made possible by re-using waste water through drip irrigation.
The Miracle Garden is closed during Dubai’s hot summer months, when temperatures average 40 C (104 F) from June to September. The garden also houses the region’s first indoor butterfly garden and sanctuary, which is open all year round.