The World’s Biggest Flower Garden Sits in the Middle of a Desert
Dubai is a city known for its extreme attractions, from a massive 1.5 million-square-foot indoor theme park to a sprawling indoor ski resort. The mesmerizing Dubai Miracle Garden is another on the list.
With more than 45 million flowers, the 18-acre has a claim to be the biggest flower garden in the world. The space creates a whimsical sight for visitors, who are treated to floral structures in an array of bold colors.
But perhaps what’s most fascinating about the natural space is that it's in the middle of the desert.
We’ve put together a collection of images that show just how stunning this garden is. Take a look and see for yourself.
In Full Bloom
The Dubai Miracle Garden is located in Al Barsha South and is a mega garden that’s located right in the middle of a desert.
A Floral Paradise
Opened on Valentine’s Day of 2013, the garden has become a popular location today for nature lovers and for capturing unforgettable wedding photos.
Large archways in the shape of hearts that sit covered in flowers invite guests inside the park.
Visitors will feel as though they're walking through an immersive art exhibit as they explore the quirky and intricate displays that make up the garden. Designs change each season.
It took 60 days and 400 people to create the garden, where more than 60 different varieties of flowers, including those like petunias and geraniums that are rare to the Middle East, thrive.
Walk the grounds of the park and you'll see blooming designs that range from budding pyramids and stars to igloos, heart, and dazzling peacocks doused in flowers.
Petal to the Metal
It's also not uncommon to find a variety of vintage and new cars decked out in floral arrangements. Past designs have included Ferarris outfiited with their own drivers, all covered in flowers, of course.
You'll even see clusters of homes that make up what looks like an entire neighborhood blanketed in a colorful array of buds. Props help make the scene all the more whimsical, with upside-down cars, flamingos, and parrots.
The Biggest One of All
Dubai Miracle Garden is also where you'll find the biggest flower arrange in the world, a replica of an Emirates Airbus A380 that sits covered in more than 500,000 fresh flowers and plants.
When all of its flowers are in full bloom, the full-size aircraft structure has some five million flowers.
Imaginative designs are found through the garden, from giant pots that are spilling out hundreds of flowers to windmills and even a replica of the Burj Khalifa that all provide a kaleidoscope of colors thanks to the many tiny plants that adorn them.
Walkways of Wonder
When you're in need of some rest or shade, there are even flower beds that create a marvelous shaded archway for you to gaze up at.
Life in the Desert
To help the flowers grow, the garden installed an irrigation system that re-uses waste water through drip irrigation, using materials like capillary mats and polymers to retain and distribute the water, Abdel Nasser Y. Rahhal of Akar Landscaping Services and Agriculture told NBC.
“People get tired of malls, closed places...I hope people will understand that this country is not only for extremes in concrete and steel,” Rahhal said. “This country is given beautiful weather for seven months… with a little care, you can get a really beautiful production.”
A Calm Oasis
The outdoor area offers a relaxing retreat from hustle of city life. More than 1.5 million people visit each year.
Coming Back For the Year
Dubai Miracle Garden operates on a seasonal basis, and will once again open its doors to visitors on November 1 of this year through May 31, 2018.