Miracle Garden, Jebel Hafit park open November 1

Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 30 October 2020: Dubai Miracle Garden, the largest natural flower garden in the world, returns for its ninth season on Sunday, 1 November, promising visitors a truly memorable experience with its magnificent display of intricately designed blooms.

The park is set to reopen under stringent health and safety protocols designed to ensure visitors can continue to enjoy a fun-filled experience within a safe environment.

The attraction this year features the largest display of the most fragrant and colourful blooms, with over 150 million flowers of more than 120 varieties, including some of which have never been cultivated in the Gulf region. In addition to adding plenty of outdoor activities, the park has enhanced its night experience for guests by adding sculptures adorned with twinkling lights.

Among the many notable concepts at the park is the ‘aerial floating lady’ dressed in exotic flowers. The revamped amphitheater features a magnificent palace that serves as an observatory where visitors will be able to enjoy live entertainment and other shows. From the top, visitors can capture the stunning panoramic views of the complete garden.

A 400-meter walking track at the park offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy leisurely walks amidst the floral artistry. The track will also be used for daily entertainment shows including costume and floral parades, street performers, Zumba sessions and other physical and recreational activities. Visitors will be welcomed by some of the most popular and prominent cartoon characters at the main entrance and be treated to skillfully designed 3D shapes of life-size animals.

Attractions at the park include the record-breaking Emirates A380 display along with an 18-metre floral structure of Mickey Mouse within the garden’s Disney Avenue, which will continue to act as some of the most extravagant displays in the garden. Other visual treats returning this year include the Floral Castle that accommodates a garden dining experience, illuminated nightscape, and the distinctive Caribbean and Asian hammocks.

Engineer Abdel Naser Rahhal, Creator and Co-founder of Dubai Miracle Garden and Vice Chairman of Cityland Group, the developer of the ambitious botanical project, said: “Every year, we challenge ourselves to create new and distinctive displays to keep Dubai Miracle Garden close to the hearts and minds of our visitors, giving them an experience worthy of sharing between friends and family members. This distinction that we bring to our visitors, season after season is the result of the creativity, commitment and hard work of our team, whose aim is to achieve the highest level of recognition for Dubai Miracle Garden and highlight Dubai as a leading tourist destination.”

Rehal added that Dubai Miracle Garden places the health and safety of its visitors as its top priority. “All necessary measures and protocols have been put in place in line with government health authority’s requirements and procedures. The venue will strictly monitor the body temperature of visitors entering the garden and hand sanitisers will be available across all areas. Social distancing rules will also be strictly implemented across the park. The park’s team has been trained to fully carry out health, safety and security measures,” he said.

Sprawled across a land area of 72,000 square meters in the heart of Dubailand, the park will also offer visitors a dedicated space for entertainment and the sale of food and beverages.

Dubai Miracle Garden will be open daily from 9:00am until 9:00pm during weekdays and from 9:00am until 11:00pm on weekends (Friday and Saturday) and public holidays. Children below the age of three and people of determination can access the park for free.

Al Ain’s Jebel Hafit Desert Park reopens 1st November

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi, has announced that Al Ain’s Jebel Hafit Desert Park will reopen for visitors on 1st November 2020, with the Park’s new season running through April 2021.

Officially launched in February 2020, Abu Dhabi’s newest cultural and outdoor adventure attraction, located at the foot of Jebel Hafit Mountain, offers guests a mix of history, culture, and stunning natural landscapes.

Among the key attractions at the park are its 5,000-year-old “beehive’ tombs” some of the most famous archaeological remains in the UAE, which attest to the rich history and ancient habitation of the area. The park also offers beautiful natural surroundings for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy, stretching through nine kilometres of captivating terrain around the base of Jebel Hafit, one of the highest mountains in the UAE.

“To visit Jebel Hafit Desert Park is to travel through thousands of years of Emirati history,” said Saood Al Hosani, Acting Under-Secretary of DCT Abu Dhabi. “This landmark offers a fascinating insight into the UAE’s unique heritage and is complemented with a range of outdoor activities suitable for visitors of all ages and abilities, allowing for exploration of surrounding areas notable not only for their beauty but for their significant biodiversity. There is something for everyone at this unique attraction, and I encourage families, history buffs and nature enthusiasts to visit our world heritage site and discover its beauty for themselves.”

The park’s cultural and natural features are one of the cultural sites of Al Ain that make up the UAE’s first designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has also been given National Park status and declared as Jebel Hafit National Park Reserve under the Amiri Decree 21 of 2017.

Three shelters within the grounds are perfect spots for a picnic, while numerous shaded benches give hikers and cyclists places to sit back and enjoy the views. Those wanting to extend their stay have several options. Visitors can use the public campsite and spend the night under the stars in their tent, or for an upgraded experience, rent a traditional tent or even a luxury dome.

The park is operated by Barari Natural Resources, the environmental management organisation that conserves and manages forests and nature reserves across the emirate of Abu Dhabi, including Sir Bani Yas Island and Telal Resort.

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