Gallery: World's largest natural flower garden opens in Dubai
Another week, another announcement of a massive super project in Dubai.
The Middle Eastern city's latest mega-project is the Dubai Miracle Garden.
Billing itself as the world's largest natural flower garden, the 72,000-square-meter attraction, located in Dubailand, has more than 45 million flowers.
The name is apt, considering this mega-garden was -– like pretty much everything in Dubai –- built on desert land.
According to a report in Gulfnews.com, Miracle Gardens' landscaper, Akar, says it wants to demonstrate "that it’s possible to green the desert through judicious re-use of waste water, through drip irrigation.”
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The U.A.E.-based company is also planting trees on the perimeter as windbreakers.
Though the gardens are now open to visitors, the attraction isn't complete. Shopping outlets, restaurants and plant nurseries will be added during the second development phase, which kicks off mid-2013.
The gardens will be closed during Dubai's notoriously hot summer months. Temperatures average 40 C (104 F) from June to September -- not exactly conducive to flower gazing.
Dubai Miracle Garden: Al Barsha South; open daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., October to late May. Entrance 20 AED (US$5.50) per person, kids under three free; www.the-miracle-garden.com