God’s Own Eden – The Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai has always been a land of paradoxes, where the traditional & modern, natural & man made, the divine & the occult exist in perfect co-existence. Its’ quest to be every jetsetting traveler’s ubiquitous, unforgettable destination has resulted in the creation of some of the most spectacular landmarks. From the tallest building in the world, to the tallest hotel, to even a ski resort which has real snow all year round, Dubai truly embodies all that is superlative. And now, to add to the list is the magical, Dubai Miracle Garden.
It’s hard to perceive that the world’s largest natural flower garden would exist in the middle of a Desert. But that’s exactly where the Miracle Garden is. Located near the Arabian ranches, it had a befitting grand opening on Valentine’s day, Feb 14, 2013. As you enter the Miracle Garden, you cant help but feel a sense of wonder and awe, like Alice in Wonderland. It’s difficult to take in all the grandiose natural beauty around. The riot of colours, and the aroma of a million bloom, is like a feast for the soul.
The landscaping designs from natural flowers is made up of more than 45 million flowers, over a 72,000 sq meter area, 4 km pathways and a 1 km flower wall. The flowers are designed into topiary displays of arches, hearts, stars pyramids, igloos and other geometrics. Beds of Petunia in different shades, arcs of pink geranium, flower umbrellas, and peacocks with blossoms as feathers, that extensively adorn Miracle Garden are truly a labour of love. The development of the garden in Dubai, it is said, has been made possible through judicious reuse of waste water by drip irrigation.
The floral displays are meant to change each season, so that tourists who visit again, will have a different experience. The Miracle garden is expected to bring in 1 million visitors every year. Linda Brown, a Swede who is visiting Dubai, said she was absolutely in awe considering that such beauty could exist in the middle of a desert, “You can expect something like this in Amsterdam. But Dubai? Kudos to the genius of its creators.”
Mr.Ramamurthy from Sri Lanka who was there with his fiance said,”This would be an ideal place for us to get married. We hope Dubai Miracle Garden makes provision for wedding facilities too in future.”
The Exit to the park was full of smiling faces. It was obvious that the Miracle Garden was going to be the much needed soul nourishment to the city dwellers who come to visit here for respite. Some call it ” The Paradise” and the others, “Their perfect Eden”. One thing is for sure, Dubai Miracle Garden is going to go down in history as the one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, that defied the laws of Nature and existed in a harsh terrain. In Dubai, Impossible is nothing!