However, Ghumakkad's earlier stories covering these tourist spots can be accessed on the following links:
- Desert Transformed
- Up in the Sky- Burj Khalifa and Burj-al-Arab
- Malls in Dubai- Madinat and Atlantis
- More Malls-- Dubai Mall, Ibn Batuta and Dubai Festival City
- The Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
- Sharjah- The Shining Emirate and its water sports
- It is cultivated using recycled water
- Unlike most gardens which have horizontal flower beds, it has vertical flower beds also
- Good example of public-private partnership
- Free entry for disabled people
- It has structures of all religions including a Buddha Stupa which are built using flowers
- All the walk ways have inverted umbrellas hung from a wire mesh to protect from intense heat.
Spread over 72,000 square meters it is simply breathtaking. Open from 10 AM to 10 PM, it is shut down for visitors during peak summer months.
Miracle Garden is another initiative of UAE government to earn revenue from tourism and other non-oil sources. It is a long term strategy for sustainability when the oil wells go dry in 2050! This aspect was also mentioned in Ghumakkad's earlier story (click here to browse).
Pictures taken on 5th January 2017 for you.
According to Wikipedia, "A scene of a Bollywood movie Hamari Adhuri Kahani starring Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan was shot in Miracle garden. Movie's director, Mohit Suri added that though Dubai was generally known for its high-tech buildings and modern landscapes, he wanted to romanticise it and show its softer side."
Here is a 30-second video to give you a 'live' feel of the garden.
Another addition to Dubai's tourist map has been
a Gurudwara. Though Dubai has 50,000 Sikhs staying there,
it had no Gurdwara till 2012. Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar has
been constructed at a cost of US$ 20 million. It blends with local
architecture and colour scheme. Special credit to Anita Gambhir
Arora for her inputs.
This brings us to the end of our Dubai trip of 2017. Once again, special thanks are to Anand Jain for taking us around and being our expert guide. May God give such friends to everyone so that life is worth living!
Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the less visited spots of Dubai like the bird sanctuary (click here to browse the story). It is a happening city and you need to explore it beyond its skyscrapers and malls.
Thanks for browsing
-Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/27th Jan 2017