Miracle Garden 2017

So the year’s about to end and the weather has been rather relentless, schizophrenic at times, vacillating between cold foggy mornings at below 18C and hot afternoons with a piercingly bright winter sun heating things up to a toasty 35C. It’s been an unusual year to say the least. Nevertheless, we couldn’t let the year go without visiting Miracle Garden. We had an outdoor breakfast past 8 and literally froze outside… but by the time we reached the garden, which was close to 10am, no one would have believed that it had been so cold just an hour or two earlier. So we left the shawls and sweaters in the car and went off in search of new floral additions.


Eye catching colour combinations

Having come here now for quite a few years it’s always interesting witnessing the evolution of the garden with each passing edition. There aren’t many floral arrangements that stand the test of time, truth be told, and of course there’s always the added creative pressure of creating a new experience. So this time, we saw only a few of our old favourites, like the beautiful umbrella canopies, which are so popular I can’t quite imagine them ever being replaced.


Rainbow of umbrellas in the sky

And of course you have the cultural favourites, the dhows which always make you wish you could take a cruise on a dhow that was this dolled up.


Floral dhow cruise

And then there’s the Guinness world record holder, the Emirates airline which I think could possibly last more than two editions, but who knows. It does take up an awful lot of potential space for other installations so there’s always a chance it may be replaced in future editions but it’s so grand, that maybe not. ^^


Getting ready for take off 

As we walked around I realized that there were a lot more kiosks and shops than there had been previously, restaurants, souvenir shops and just salespersons walking around in the garden with all sorts of hats and umbrellas (that’s how strong the sun was!) owing to the large number of tourists coming in, I suppose, but I think it’s meant they’ve had to add a lot more seating areas as well, which in turn means less installations, or rather just more vertical spread because they do have much more flowers than the last edition.


Sitting under floral arches

This year’s theme, so to speak, seemed to revolve mainly around colourful animal statues decorated with vibrant flowers, from giant butterflies, to suspended bees, armies of ants, turtles and everything else in between including kangaroos and giraffes. Lots of fun for the kids.


This is probably the happiest looking giraffe I’ve ever come across

Their crowning jewel this time around was the giant cuddly and rather imposing teddy bear installation with his blue eyes and bowtie ❤


Can I get a hug ❤

But apart from all the fun and fancy installations, the real beauty lay in the flowers, of which there were so many new varieties, including stunning sunflowers. There’s just something about sunflowers that just makes your day brighter, like a little dose of happiness dressed in a ray of sunshine.


Smiling sunflowers

My favourite flower, or should I say flowers, I’m not quite sure how to refer to flowers made up of many florets ^^ was/were the dainty little ladies in purple, bobbing around in the bright blue skies. Just taking the time out to appreciate the beauty of the flowers in all their splendour is a day well spent in my opinion.


Hello beautiful

If you’re looking for something to cheer you up and get you out of the house, the park is open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays 9am to 11pm on weekends with tickets for adults costing only AED 40 (as of Dec 2017). If you haven’t been already, I’d say pick a day when it’s not too sunny and not too foggy and get yourself there bright and early in the morning for loads of pictures without getting people in your shots ^^

For more details, visit AkarDMG’s website  or follow them on Twitter @MiracleGardenAE.

To see what Miracle Garden looked like last year click here 🙂

Miracle Garden 2016

So this has become somewhat of a tradition… visiting Miracle Garden every year as soon the harsh summer shows signs of letting up. You may wonder why we choose to go the same place every year but the truth is, the flower arrangements change every year, which makes it a brand new experience every time you visit. This year, the highlight was the Guinness World Record holding largest flower arrangement in the form of an Airbus A380 (okay, that’s quite a mouthful).

The garden opens at 9am, but we were being lazy this time so we decided to go at 10am, anticipating that the good weather would hold. We weren’t quite so lucky. It would appear every time we’re blessed with a long weekend, the weather turns back to it’s evil summer spirit just to spite us. In any case, we were still early enough not to have any long queues at the ticket counter, so yayy!


The perks of coming early… no line!

If there’s one thing I noticed the minute I stepped inside, it’s that this year, there are more flowers than ever before. The garden was completely carpeted in flowerbeds, besides the fancy decorative floral arrangements. The familiar arrangements from previous years had been revamped, and there were so many more things to discover.


Remember me?

The “graveyard of cars” may have disappeared, but no season of Miracle Garden is complete without at least one epic car installation. In this case it was the Beetle Waterfall ^^


One of the things I absolutely loved this year, was the fact that there were a lot more places to sit down to enjoy the view instead of rushing through. From the pavilions set up around the fountain, to the benches and swings set up around the perimeter of the park, there were so many vantage points from which you can appreciate the beauty around you.


Pavilions around the fountain


Garden swings ❤

For people who may find it difficult to wander around the whole park, don’t worry! There are special “taxis” to take you around the park for only AED 20 per taxi ^___^


Floral Dhow

There were also a lot more places to eat this time around, Hardee’s and Krispy Kreme being new additions, but overall having a meal here is going to pack a bigger punch in your wallet than the entrance tickets. A simple shawarma which usually costs AED 5, costs about AED 30 in the park, so I wouldn’t really recommend eating at the garden unless you’re reallllllllllly hungry. Drinks too are super expensive so a bottle of water is probably the best way to go if you’re on a budget.


Butterfly Windmills

La pièce de résistance though was most definitely the Airbus installation, and not just the plane, but also the landscaping around the plane.


First glimpse of Emirates Airlines ❤

The coolest part had to be the  UAE flag on the tail and the rotating airplane turbines. Way cool! ❤


Emirates Airbus A380

The park is open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays 9am to 11pm on weekends with tickets for adults costing only AED 40 (as of Dec 2016) , so if you haven’t gone already, it’s time to add this to your to-do list ^^

Miracle Garden 2015

If it isn’t already, going to Miracle Garden should become everybody’s annual winter tradition. For the skeptics who may think that the garden looks the same every year, think again… Miracle Garden evolves from year to year making it a new experience every time around. This time we decided to take Emirates Road to get there. It’s actually much more convenient taking Emirates road but again, the signs are virtually non-existent (in fact there’s only one sign along the way that says Miracle Garden) so be sure to follow the Arjan exit (Exit 30) to get there. As of today, only Phase I is open to the public. Hopefully Phase 2 which houses the Butterfly Garden will open soon. I’m just looking for another excuse to go back 🙂

So what were some of my favourite attractions this year? Here goes…


Umbrella Pathway


Flowers Boats




Floral Train


Other end of the floral train…


Floral Cars opposite Floral Windmills….makes them look like flying cars 😛


Delicate Floral Eiffel Tower


Floral Dhow next to the lake


If the pictures haven’t convinced you maybe the ticket prices will… Prices are the same as last year at AED 30 per person and free for kids 3 yrs old and below. The park is open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 11pm on weekends.  I would advise anyone visiting for the first time to come in at around 9-10am so you can beat the rush and so you can get lot of pictures without getting people in your shot. 🙂 Weekends are super busy so either start early or plan to come in on a weekday to make the most of your visit.

For more details, visit their website  or follow them on Twitter @AkarDMG.

To see what Miracle Garden looked like last year click here 🙂

Miracle Garden

Now that the scorching summer is officially here, I figured it would be nice to reminisce about the nice places you could visit in UAE if it were winter.

My favourite outdoor place, apart from all things Al Ain, that I’d recommend to everyone in winter would have to be Miracle Garden. Open all day (by all day, I mean sensible timings like 9am to 9pm on weekdays), Miracle Garden is home to 45 million flowers or so, but who’s counting, apart from the Guinness Book of World Records that is. Driving down from Ajman, the directions seem pretty straightforward -just grab E311 and you should find yourself there – but the lack of signs mean you have quite some guessing to do if you’re not familiar with the area. My advice would be to get your Google Maps out and let your GPS do the rest.

Once you find yourself there, admission is a mere AED 30 and if you’re too lazy to walk a couple of minutes from the free parking to the entrance there’s paid parking right in front.

Standing at the entrance you’ll automatically forget the long drive, the missed turns and the entrance fees because you’ll be looking at heaven in the desert.


Floral Arches

Phase 1 has a number  of attractions that you won’t want to miss. We had entered from the VIP entrance, and walked left making our way from the beautiful flower carts towards the Gazebo Zone.


Flower Cart

As we approached, we entered the “Upside Down Flowers Pathway”. The colours of the pots were so lovely it was as though you were walking through a piece of art.


Upside Down Flowers Pathway

Once you get out of the Pathway, you find yourself at the mouth of the entrance to the Umbrella Pathway. To be honest, I couldn’t decided which one I liked more: the colourful flower pots or the Spidey-umbrellas.


Umbrella Pathway

Needless to say, both pathways make for great pictures so don’t be surprised to find a lot of people there. Also, the shade from the sun is always much appreciated. After lingering in the two pathways, we decided to get a bite to eat from some of the kiosks in the shaded seating area. The best part about taking some time to grab a bite is that you don’t feel as though you are leaving all the beautiful attractions behind, because the seating area itself is an attraction. The smell of the flowers and the shade meant we were in no hurry to leave and took some rest before going on to explore the second half of the garden.


Shaded Seating Area

After our snack, the first place that really caught our eye was Hessa square with its beautiful peacocks. Every park has its photo hotspots and and for Miracle Garden, after the pathways which are hotspot 1, this is hotspot number 2.


Peacocks at Hessa Square

If you were to think that the peacocks were the highlight of the park, you’d be wrong. For me, the next attraction was perhaps my favourite: the Car Zone. What really blew me away was the idea behind the Car Zone. Re-purposing old cars that would have otherwise gone to the scrap yard to form a car graveyard of sorts filled with flowers.


Car Zone

And it’s not just the flowers that made this place so gorgeous, but also the colourful graffiti sprayed all over the cars!


Graveyard of Cars

Car Zone makes for a super picture hotspot 3. We reluctantly left and moved on to find ourselves at Shamsa Castle, or my next home. Next time, you might just see me in sitting in a rocking chair on the veranda reading a book and sipping ice-cold lemonade.


Shamsa Castle

We had come full circle when we realized we hadn’t gone right to the centre of the park, so we took a quick detour just to see the giant Floral Clock.


Floral Clock

In case you’re wondering what attractions I haven’t covered… don’t worry… there are plenty more in Phase 1. You can click on the map below to download a pdf.

Miracle Garden Layout

Miracle Garden Layout

And if, like me, you love all things floral, you’ll be happy to know that Phase 2 of Miracle Garden is due to open soon (October 2014) complete with a butterfly park!

Just remember, if you are planning to visit, the park is usually closed in summer so check out the Miracle Garden website before planning your trip!