World’s largest flower garden

When you think of a flower garden, the desert is not top of mind as being suitably fertile ground for one. And yet it’s in the middle of a desert where you’ll find the world’s largest display of blooms.

Located in the entertainment complex, Dubailand, in United Arab Emirates, the Dubai Miracle Garden is a 72,000sq m natural flower garden with more than 60 million flowers on display.

Opened on Valentine’s Day in 2013, the garden is constantly evolving, with huge floral structures changing every year.

At the moment, you’ll find a life-sized replica of an Emirates Airbus A380, but the next time you visit it could very well be a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

The garden features 60 varieties of flowers, recycled water drip system that uses waste water from the complex irrigation system, and the region’s only indoor butterfly garden.

The Dubai Miracle Garden may be aptly named, considering it’s in the desert, but according to the attraction’s creator, Abdel Nasser Y. Rahhal, it’s a misconception that the country is “only for extremes in concrete and steel”.

“This country is given beautiful weather for seven months … with a little care, you can get a really beautiful production,” he told NBC News.

The garden is open daily between October and April, but closed during Dubai’s summer months, when temperatures average 40°C. However, the Dubai Butterfly Garden is open all year round.

Have a look at these images for an indication of how big this garden really is.

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