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Dubais Top 5 Free Attractions

There is so much to see and do in Dubai that it is difficult to choose, but you can rack up quite a bill when you start adding up the costs of visiting all of Dubai’s must-see attractions. However, not everything in Dubai will cost you a small fortune. We’re here to share with you a number of Dubai’s top free attractions which will help you to stretch your entertainment dollars.

1. Dubai Mall – If you like to window shop, the Dubai Mall is your place. As the largest mall in the world, the Dubai Mall will keep you entertained with over 1200 shops offering almost any product you can image. Also, inside the mall is the Dubai Aquarium which features over 33,000 aquatic animals and the world’s largest viewing panel.

2. Dubai Fountain – While you’re at the Dubai Mall, step outside and enjoy Dubai’s #1 attraction, the Dubai Fountain. Shows start every ½ hour in the evenings from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. and afternoons at 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, and 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 on Fridays. The Dubai Fountain will fascinate you as it “dances” to the music of hits such as Michael Jackson’s “Triller”.

3. Jumeriah Beach Residence (JBR) Beach – This no-cost public beach is very well maintained, and will offer you and your family hours of free relaxing fun. It offers white sandy beaches and an excellent location next to “The Walk”, JBR’s Euro-style outdoor shopping mall where you can dine “Al Fresco” in one of its many outdoor cafes, or cool down with a refreshing Italian Gelato.

4. Dubai Gold and Spice Souks – If you interested in experiencing a bit of how commerce was in the Dubai of yesteryear, check out the Dubai Gold and Spice Souks located on the banks of the Dubai Creek. Over 20% of the world’s gold passes through the Dubai Gold Souk, and the Spice Souk is the perfect spot to stock up on Saffron.

5. Al Bastakiya – Take a step back in time and visit a different Dubai. Ever wonder how Emiratis managed before air conditioning existed? A visit to Al Bastakiya will reveal the secret. And if you’re willing to splurge a bit, visit the Dubai Museum housed at Al Fahidi Fort and learn about the history of old Dubai. Cost: 3 AED

We’re sure you’ll enjoy these great no-cost treasures. And, if you looking for low-cost Dubai accommodations with easy access to these amazing attractions.

Experience One of the Top Dubai Attractions The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain

Rated as the most popular in Dubai attractions, the Dubai Fountain is considered the largest choreographed water fountain in the world. Located at the base of the world’s tallest building, the mighty Burj Khalifa, it surpasses the Las Vegas Bellagio Fountains by more than 25%. Shining brightly with the help of 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, the fountains of Dubai are capable of shooting water up to 275 metres high, the equivalent of a 50-story building.

 

 

Emaar, the developer of the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa officially opened this amazing fountain on 2 January 2010. The fountain, its lake and filtration system cost $218 million. It attracts thousands a visitors to the Promenade of the Dubai Mall every day.

 

 

The choreographed show combines light, water and music for a multi- sensory display that is sure to captivate its audiences. The fountains can be seen from over 32 km away. The phantasm of the dancing water is created with an array of classical, Arabic, and pop music, beginning with “Sama Dubai”, a tribute to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. It is usually the first show of each day. Other songs include “Baba Yetu”, the Grammy winning Swalhili song; “ The Prayer”, by Celine Dion and world-class tenor AndreaBocelli; “Lana Alllah”, by Mohammed Abdu; “Ezel”, the theme song to the television series Ezel; “I Will always Love You”, a tribute to Whitney Houston; “Thriller”, by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson; and “Ishi Baladi”, the national anthem of the United Arab Emirates.

 

Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain

 

The Dubai Fountain is made up of high-pressure water jets, several levels of water shooters, water robots and oarsmen that formulate this magnificent show. The robots and oarsmen pan and pitch the water in a way that provides the illusion of dancing water. These oarsmen differ from those at the Bellagio as they sit lower in the water, and the lamps that are used create a much brighter illumination.

 

 

There are three levels of shooters, the basic shooters, the super shooter that can shoot water in upwards of over 73 metres, and the extreme shooters. The super shooters are used sparingly in the performances due to the time required to build adequate pressure to reach its heights. These shooters generate a very loud booming noise when water is expelled. They are used to accentuate the drum percussion of the music. The new technology in the extreme shooters is the one that provides the capability to shoot the water 275 metres high, but since its use in the grand opening ceremony of the fountain, it has been disabled and is no longer operational. However, the extreme shooters still have amazing abilities, and are used in the show’s finale.

 

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Want a Cheap Dubai Holiday, Summer Offers Best Dubai Holiday Packages

Summertime is the best time to travel if you are looking for a cheap Dubai holiday. It is during this time that the best hotel, dining and shopping deals are to be had. The city has even created, Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), an annual festival designed to attract visitors with shopping promotions, world-class entertainment, and activities for the entire family to enjoy.

 

Be prepared, however, as your holiday will most likely be spent indoors. Dubai doesn’t allow its desert temperatures to effect them. Instead this city “beats the heat” with its innumerable indoor activities, although waterparks, such as AquaVenture and Wild Wadi are also quite popular.

 

During DSS, many of the malls and shopping venues offer guests significant savings, in upwards of 70% off. In addition, many of the family entertainment venues provide fantastic, value-added promotions. The following attractions will be offering free entry this season for up to two children (below 12 years of age) for every two adult tickets purchased:

 

At the Dubai Mall:

*  Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
*  Dubai Ice Rink
*  KidZania
*  SEGA Republic

 

At Mirdif City Centre:

*  Soccer Circus
*  I Fly Dubai

 

At Creekside Park:

*  Children’s City
*  Dubai Dolphinarium Dolphin and Seal Show
*  Dubai Dolphinarium Mirror Maze
*  5D Cube Cinema

 

At Mall of the Emirates:

*  Ski Dubai

 

Golf Clubs:

*  The Montgomerie
*  Al Badia Golf Club

 

Other Participating Sites:

*  Meydan IMax Theater
*  Autodrome
*  Wild Wadi Waterpark

 

In addition, from the 20th of June through the 28th of August, kids can enjoy visiting with Dubai’s popular mascot Modhesh, at Modhesh World, the region’s largest indoor edu-tainment centre. Offering a wide range of games and fun activities, Modhesh World brings fun to the Dubai World Trade Centre.

 

This year, you may want to consider celebrating Eid in Dubai. With awesome display of fireworks, international concerts, and Dubai holiday packages that are sure to please; this travel destination can add a new dimension to your Eid festivities.

 

So why not enjoy a cheap Dubai holiday, and experience this amazing city in the summer.

 

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Falconry – Its Integral Role as a Part of Dubai History

Practiced for centuries, falconry has played an integral role in history of Dubai and the Emirati culture. Throughout the years falcons were an essential tool used by the Bedouin tribes for hunting food in the desert land. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai has taken great care to ensure that the time-honored tradition of falconry is preserved and these birds of prey are supported as part of area’s cultural heritage.

 

Before the days of oil, before the UAE was formed, sheikhs from the Bedouin tribes would tour their desert lands. During the days they would take their falcons for daily hunts then return to their desert majlis in the evening where members of their tribes would pay their respects as they sat around the campfire.

 

Today, falconry is pure sport with Sheikh Mohammed in the forefront. In 2003, his falcon took down a deer several times its own weight, and reported lifted it off the ground. It is believed that this was the first time a falcon has achieved such a feat.

 

Two types of falcons found in the UAE, the saker and the peregrine. The capture and training of falcons requires a vast amount of skill, bravery, and patience. Falconry can be dangerous, but that’s part of what makes it so alluring. The prey of the UAE falcons is the Karowan and the Houbara Bustard. In order to preserve the sport and ensure a plentitude of food, the National Avian Research Centre (NARC) at the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency has established a breeding programme for the Houbara, so the species does not become extinct.  In addition the NARC is also responsible for captive breeding programmes of falcons, as well as medical rehabilitation of confiscated birds.

 

See the Falcons of Dubai at the National Falcon and Heritage Sports Centre

 

In 2006, Dubai opened the National Falcon and Heritage Sports Centre in Nad Al Sheba. Its purpose is to provide a place where falconers, and falcon breeders can buy and sell their birds of prey and other related accessories of the sport, such as: books, lures, hoods, and dietary supplements. It is the only place in Dubai where falcons are allowed to be legally sold. Many of the stores within the centre have birds on display for visitors to see, and the most are happy to share their knowledge of this amazing bird and the sport.

 

In recent years the UAE government has established strict laws to ensure that falcons are treated properly. With the creation of the Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Project under the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), falcons are now being returned to the wild at the end of each hunting season, in an aim to prevent the birds from becoming too domesticated. All birds are given a thorough check up to verify that they are healthy enough to reenter the wild.

 

If you are interested learning more about these magnificent creatures and the Emirati’s love for this beloved pastime, you can visit the National Falcon and Heritage Sports Centre.

 

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The National Falcon and Heritage Sports Centre shows off the great diversity and culture of  this great part of the world. It’s yet another memorable experience to be had for those who holiday in Dubai, while you’ll certainly want to stay in the luxury that Dubai hotels and villas for rent in Dubai are famous for. They’re all available to see via the brilliant search tool on our website. Simply enter your preferences and you’ll be shown all the best accommodation options for your needs.

 

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“Happy Feet” Colony Thrives at One of the Top Dubai Attractions – Ski Dubai

Over 80% of the Dubai’s population is expat. People come from around the world to live in this amazing desert oasis, but there are 20 unique Dubai residents that come from a land like no other. They are the Ski Dubai penguins. One year ago, Dubai’s indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai brought these Antarctican creatures in from SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas. The small “Happy Feet” colony of 10 Gentoo and 10 King Penguins have become one of the most popular Dubai attractions as they’ve settled into their new home, where they are free to move about in their private pool, top deck and rocks, and their private holding area.

 

Dubai’s new feathered friends are well-cared-for by their Emirati hosts. They are fed a daily banquet of fish, imported from Canada, and there is no need for healthcare insurance, as there are veterinarians and a hospital available to take care of any and all of their health needs.

 

Blossoming Penguin Romance Entertaining in Dubai

 

The Ski Dubai penguins have brought a marvelous new flare to their new habitat as they make their daily “March of the Penguins” through the Snow Park with their trainers, and play in their new splash pool. Guests have also taken great interest in the two “love birds”, Pumpkin and Pie, as their romance blossoms. The persistent Pumpkin, a Gentoo male had been pining for Pie’s affection for quite a long time. After shunning him away 12 times, she finally gave in to his charms and accepted his pebble, last Valentine’s Day. (Courtship with Gentoo penguins begins with the male presenting his suitor with the finest pebble he can find, if the female is interested she will accept.) Since her acceptance, the two have been inseparable. Pumpkin frequently lets his “lady bird” know how much he loves her by bowing his head and vociferating a light braying sound.

 

With the King penguins, the tradition of courtship is slightly different. In their case, when a male is attracted to a female and wants to get her attention he will make a clicking sound with his beak and sing. If the female is interested, she will return the gesture. As the excitement of their love brews, the two will sing to each other.

 

Although some animal rights activists have been quick to criticize the new endeavor, a spokesman for Ski Dubai has made a point of informing the public that these birds have not been culled from their natural environment. They were born and raised in captivity. He has stated that it is Ski Dubai’s intention to serve as the penguins’ ambassador, and through their new “Peng-friend” encounter, they will raise awareness about these magnificent animals and the plight of preserving their natural biosphere.

 

Ski Dubai’s “March of the Penguins” begins at 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. on weekends, and it’s free. And for as little as 145 Dhs. you can get up close and personal with your own “Peng-Friend” encounter at one of the top Dubai attractions.

 

These wonderful penguins are yet another example of the terrific attractions to see for anyone who’s holidaying in Dubai. However, while there’s a lot to see and do it’s important that you’ve got a luxuriously place to stay when you’re resting ready for your new Dubai adventure.

 

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Guinness World Record – The Dubai Connection

The Guinness World Records’  Dubai Connection

 

As one of the top travel destinations, Dubai has a reputation for being biggest, the brightest, and the best.  In a previous post, we indentified 13 Guinness World Records that this amazing city is known for. Here we share a few of the more unusual records connected to Dubai.

1.   Highest Base Jump From a Building: Nasser Al Neyadi and Omar Alhegelan 672 meters from the Burj Khalifa on January 5, 2010. Could they be the next stars for the Hollywood sequel “Point Break 2”?

2.  Fastest Time to Climb the Burj Khailifa (unassisted): Alain Robert climbed the building in 6 hours, 13 minutes, and 55 seconds on March 29, 2011. Eat your heart out, Tom Cruise.

3.  Most Shoelaces Tied in a Bow in One Minute: 31 by Khaled Abdul Aziz Alhosari on February 21, 2009 at the Guinness World Records Pavilion in the Global Village in Dubai . Wonder if he can teach 31 kids to tie their shoelaces in one minute?

4.  Most Sand Moved With a Teaspoon in 30 Seconds: 194 by Majid Mohammad at the Guinness World Records Pavilion on January 30, 2009. Doesn’t he know that over 20% of the world’s cranes are located in Dubai?

5.  Most Nail Extensions Made in 4 Hours By A Team: 182 on February 27, 2010 at the Al Quasis LuLu Hypermarket. Did they also win for the most backs scratched at one time?

6.  Most Nationalities Washing Their Hands Simultaneously: 200 people from 72 countries, in an event sponsored by Lifebuoy on October 10, 2012. Hope they do the same after each flush.

7.  Most Expensive Magazine Sold at Auction: Kohl. This women’s magazine bejeweled with 91 g of gold and 622 diamonds was auctioned for $10,000 in October 2008. All proceeds went to the Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre in Dubai. They could have got more if it was an edition of The Sun.

8.  Most Different Desserts on Display: 2232 by the Dubai Shopping Festival at Uptown Mirdiff on February 13, 2009.  And just in time for Valentine’s Day!

9.  Most Consecutive Tennis Ball Touches In One Minute Using the Feet: Mehdi Hobbedarvish at the Dubai Mall on January 15, 2010. One can only image what this guy capable of doing with his hands.

10. Most Cans Crushed With a Vehicle in Three Minutes: 61,106 by Ian Batey with his 20,000 lb. monster truck at the Jumeirah Beach Residence on March 6, 2010. Does he work at a recycling centre?

Be on the lookout for more Dubai connections in wild and whacky world of Guinness. Coming soon.

Dubai Hotels Would Win The Record For Most Awesome!

 

8 Wonders of Dubai

Dubai Hotels Would Win The Record For Most Awesome!

 

If Guiness had a record for most awesome hotel, it would be hard to choose as Dubai has some incredible accommodation available. Those interested in booking will find Dubai hotels boasting the finest luxury and most welcoming hospitality, looking after you whilst you stay in this magnificent part of the world.

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Witness the Need for Speed at Dubai Autodrome

Got a Need for Speed? Check Out the Dubai Autodrome

 

Located in the heart of Dubai land, in an area known as Dubai Motor City, where Umm Suquiem Road and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (known to many as Emirates Road) intersect, you will find Dubai’s auto racing and entertainment gem, the Dubai Autodrome. The 5.39 km Dubai Autodrome circuit is considered to be one of the most modern motorsports circuits in the world, and one of the most challenging. With six different configurations, the facility is designed to support three racing venues at the same time.   Sanctioned by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) this Dubai racing facility opened its tracks to the public in October 2004 with the final round of the 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup season, and has been revving its engines ever since.  It has hosted the 2005 A1 Grand Prix, the Porsche Cup Middle East, the Trofeu Maserati, the World Series by Renault, the SpeedCar Series, the Grand Prix 2 Asia Series, the FIA World Touring Car Championship, as well as the 2004 – 2006 FIA GT Championships. And in 2006 it became home of the Dunlop 24 Hour endurance race. Bringing together driving teams from all over the world, the Dunlop 24 Hour has become a highlight of the international motorsport calendar as the first major racing event of the year.   The venue has seen the likes of many famous drivers, such as Jean Alesi, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve, and Johnny Herbert. Although in 2010 the Autodrome experienced a rough year at its racing forum with the loss of German driver, Christopher Hissette in April, and Swiss driver, Pascal Grosjean in November in two fatal accidents.

 

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This racing venue has also gained world-wide attention as one of the sites in Season 15’s reality show hit, “The Amazing Race”, where the contestants engaged in a game known as Fast Track.   This uber-modern racing facility in Dubai houses a spectator grandstand, pit complex, safety control room, media centre, a world-class medical centre in the event of an emergency, and a unique VIP room that provides eye-catching views of all the racing action.   Through the creation of the Dubai Autodrome Motorsport Club, it’s been to promoting motor racing in Dubai and across the UAE, positioning itself at the home of UAE motorsport.  Although the DAMC season has just ended (the season is October thru April), if you have a “need for speed” or  you are any kind of racing enthusiast, you’ll want to keep your eyes out for the opening 2013-2014 season. It’s sure to give you a rush you’re looking for.

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What to Do in Dubai On A Budget

What to Do in Dubai if You’re On a Budget, Try a Dubai Park or Beach

 

Looking for what to do in Dubai that won’t cost you an arm and a leg? Why not consider spending a day at a  Dubai parks or beaches? The city certainly delivers when it comes to family beaches and parks. These clean, well-kept parks provide an abundance of activities for the family to appreciate, and all for an affordable price (some are even free).

 

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JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) has a public beach that provides a fun-filled day of relaxing in the sun for free. If you can’t sit still for very long, there are a number of boutique shops and bistros across the way.

 

Jumeirah Beach and Park is another nice Dubai beach for the family to enjoy, and great for a family BBQ.  The beach is known for its well-maintained landscaping and facilities. Entrance to the park is 5 Dhs. (Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for an extra fee).

 

Al Mamzar Park – At a cost of 7 Dhs./person or 30 Dhs./car,  this Dubai park imparts nice clean beaches, several playgrounds, and three lagoons for swimming. In addition, there is a bicycle rental, shower and changing room facilities, and a small pool area for nominal fees.

 

Safa Park – If you are looking for a great place to run, Safa Park is it. Just one lap of the park is over 3K. Besides running there are plenty of other things to do in this beautifully landscaped park with its marvelous waterfall, including a train that children can ride. There are also two lakes where you can enjoy feeding the ducks.

 

Creekside Park - Inside the rolling hills of Creekside Park is an amphitheatre, picnic areas with BBQ grills, and children’s playgrounds along with some of the best views of of Dubai Creek and the city. Entrance is only 5 Dhs. The park also presents a variety of other attractions such as bicycle rental, a cable car ride, and camel and horse riding, all for an additional fee. Although you may feel that these are not worth the additional charges, we do suggest spending a bit extra to visit Children’s City. At 40 Dhs./family of four, children will enjoy their interactive science museum and planetarium.  You may also want to splurge on their Dubai Dolphinarium where the family can interact and be entertained by their dolphins, seals, and other marine life for just 100 Dhs./adult, 50 Dhs./ child.

 

So take in a Dubai park or beach for a day of cheap family fun. There are plenty to choose from, and all of them are worth the visit.

 

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Princess Tower Dubai Tallest Residential Skyscraper in the World

Princess Tower Dubai: Tallest Residential Skyscraper in the World

 

In September 2012, Tameer Holdings, a Dubai developer, completed the world’s tallest residential building. This Dubai property stands 414 metres (1358 ft.) high. Located in the Dubai Marina, the Princess Tower consists of 101 stories filled with 763 one, two and three bedroom luxury units as well as a penthouse, and several duplex villas.  The 110 ton decorative crown at its top is made of aluminum and steel.

Princess Tower Dubai marina

This amazing structure also houses 957 underground parking bays spread over 6 floors underground,  8 retail outlets, 13 elevators, several swimming pools, a gymnasium, sauna club, a children’s day care nursery, and a mosque for exclusive use by its residents. On the 97th floor, is a dedicated recreational area which offers stupendous panoramic views of the Marina and the Dubai skyline. Here residents can organize a variety of social activities for their family, friends, and business associates. With flexible partitions, there is no need to worry about double bookings.

 

Its design of wide open corridors and green-covered balconies makes this attractive high-rise stand out. All the 763 apartments in this Dubai property are light and airy with natural sunlight from all sides and floor plans that decrease the need for dependence on air conditioning, something almost unheard of in this desert climate.

 

Construction on the Princess Tower started in 2005, just as the Dubai’s real estate market was heating up, and even with the economic downturn of 2009, Tameer delivered the tallest residential property in Dubai , and the world,  in seven years at a cost of $210 million.

 

Federico Tauber, president of developer Tameer has been quoted as saying, “In a city of skyscrapers it is still an extremely satisfying feeling to have completed yet another record-breaking project. Princess Tower is now the tallest residential building in the entire world and its iconic status as a residential super-high rise makes it a very prestigious and sought-after address to live in.”

 

Since the 2009 financial crisis, prices had dropped more than half with an average selling price of 950 Dhs. / m². Its service rates, aka homeowner fees, have been set at 10 Dhs. / m², far below many of the other residential high-rise buildings in the area, making the Princess Tower more affordable.

 

The Princess Tower has now surpassed The Torch, standing 337 metres high and located just a few blocks away, for the record of tallest residential skyscraper. And as far as its ranking in overall buildings, Princess Tower is rated as the 14th tallest building in the world, 3rd tallest in the Middle East, and 2nd tallest in Dubai, only to be overshadowed by the infamous Burj Khalifa.

 

But watch out, in the ever competing, ever changing city of Dubai, the Princess Tower may not hold its title for long if the Pentominium project is ever completed. The Pentominium, upon completion would stand 516 metres high, surpassing the Princess Tower by over 100 metres.

 

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Garden Oasis in Dubailand

A Garden Oasis in Dubailand, Dubai

 

Watch out Butchart Gardens, British Columbia, move over Bloemen Route, Holland, Dubai has done it again. With more than 45 million flowers on display, the Dubai Miracle Garden offers the most beautiful landscaping and floral garden designs in the world. For many of the 30 species represented, it is the first time they’ve ever been planted in the Gulf Region.

 

Dubai Miracle Garden had a soft opening on Valentine’s Day, without much in the way of publicity, but it didn’t take long for the word of mouth to spread about this not-so-little gem. The 72,000 m² attraction located in Dubailand, Dubai where Umm Suquiem Road meets Emirates Road, is one of the largest flower gardens in the world.

 

Within this gallery of gardens with its 4 km of pathways stands a 10 metre-high floral pyramid on a 144 m² base and 1 km floral wall, both have qualified for the Guiness World of Records. The variety of flora that include such blooms as marigolds, geraniums, and petunias are displayed in unique topiary designs that would make Alice in Wonderland feel right at home. Its archways, pergolas and the ever-clever avenue of umbrellas that offers a bit of shade from the sun’s heat provide a vibrant contrast to the surrounding desert landscape. There are also two man-made lakes at the end of the garden to add to the refreshing touch to the environment.

 

Dubai Miracle Garden was designed by Akar Landscaping and Agriculture Company, an Al-Ain based company that also created the Al Ain Paradise. It took only 60 days and the hard work of 400 people to create this colorful oasis, at a cost of $11million. It is said that the garden uses sub-surface irrigation and recycled waste water, as well as water retention materials, such as capillary mats and polymers to provide an eco-friendly watering solution to keep the plants alive.
The garden is open from October through May. It will be closed throughout the summer due to high temperatures. Each year, during the summer months, the garden will be redesigned with a different style and theme. So different, that you won’t even be able to recognize it as the same garden from the previous years.

 
The project, expecting to attract more than one million visitors each year, is only in its first phase. The second phase, which will include shopping outlets, restaurants, a plant nursery, a butterfly garden, and an edible plants dome where guests can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, is scheduled to begin this summer.

 

miracle garden Dubai

 

The garden is definitely a “perfect slice of Eden”, but remember just as God told Adam and Eve, picking is not allowed.
The Dubai Miracle Garden is open from 9 am until 9 pm on weekdays, 9 am until 11 pm on weekends. Entrance fee for adults is 20 Dhs./person, children 3 years and below are free. Handicap services are available for special-needs or elderly visitors to move about the park. There are public toilets, ablution and prayer rooms.

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