When we were planning our days in Dubai, we did not originally include Miracle Garden as we believed that it would be closed for the summer by the time that we got here. Last night, we were talking to some people that will be on the same cruise as us and they confirmed that it was still open. A quick check of their Facebook page confirmed this.
Miracle Garden is not near anything else, so to get there we got the metro to Mall of the Emirates and then a bus from there. Unfortunately, the bus to Miracle Garden had already stopped today for the summer, so there was a lot of confusion as to the best way to get there. It is quite a distance from the Mall so we were keen to get a bus part way. A local Emirate man helped us decipher everything and got us as close as we could. He said we would be able to walk from where the bus dropped us, but it was so hot outside we did not think that was a good idea. Around 35 degrees and no wind.
The local white taxis had obviously got wind of
the bus issue, and were at the bus stop waiting. The bus driver pointed to the waiting white taxis too. We know from our historic trips on taxis that the white ones are a lot more expensive that the normal cream ones. So we stepped out into the road and hailed a cream one. 15 AED and we were there.
We were both completely in awe when we got into the gardens. In the middle of the desert where the temperature is about 40 degrees and they are managing to keep all these flowers looking like they have just been planted. No shortage of water here then.
In the middle of the gardens is a scale wooden model of an Emirates A380 which has been covered in flowers. A very spectacular centrepiece.
Most of the plants and the walk ways are in the direct sun, but they have included many seats and hammocks in shaded areas which were a great respite from the heat.
After walking around the park for a couple of hours, we decided that the easiest way to get back to the mall was by taxi. Only cost us 40 AED.
lunch, we went back to Shamiana in Mall of the Emirates. We had a different entertainer voucher this time which we had not tried before. What we got was enough food to feed four. It was all chicken but cooked with different spices. Nice to try this one, but too much just for the two of us.
On the way out of the mall, we stopped at one of their banks to enquire about rupees for our upcoming India visit. It looks like there is not an ATM in the port of Mumbai and we were wondering where we would be able to get local currency from. We thought that as there are many people from India living here we may be able to get them. They were more than happy to sell us the 500 AED of Rupees that we wanted. That’s one problem out of the way.
Having eaten so much at lunch time we were not in need of any more food this evening. So later in the evening we popped out for an ice cream from the local mall.
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