Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Houses Made of Flowers... in Dubai?!

This is the second in a three-part series of posts on our trip to Dubai. (You can read the first here, and the third here.) I'm so glad we made time to enjoy the Miracle Garden... it definitely lived up to its "miraculous" reputation. Just look at those life-size houses made of flowers above and the beautiful close-up below!

Our friends recommended that we time our visit for right before sunset, which was a lovely time to go. We arrived a little before 5:30pm, as you can tell from the peacock-adorned giant flower clock. (Because, why not?)

In case you were tempted to forget that you were in the Gulf because of the large number of Western and Asian tourists, women in abayas turned out in droves as sunset approached.

There were also a few cute art installations of modestly dressed Muslim women with flowers for dresses. It was such a simple but cool idea.

My single favorite installation was this beautiful arrangement of flowers positioned to look like a giant woman's hair. It took my breath away when I first noticed it.

M's favorite was this literally life-sized airplane display made out of flowers. Even the characters spelling out "Emirates" were done so perfectly, and the propellor blades were actually spinning!

There were definitely a few quirky touches to the gardens, as well. For example, the grounds were peppered with these strange stone ostriches with their necks arranged like bendy straws.

We ended our Miracle Garden visit with a tropical fruit drink at one of the many cute cafes lined up under awnings made of flowers and colorful umbrellas. (I wish we had had stomach space for some delicious Arabic fare we saw on offer: even kanafeh, one of M's favorite foods! Maybe next time.) Regardless, we would highly recommend this attraction to anyone in Dubai - especially nature lovers!

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