Dubai: Miracle Garden, Global Village & Dubai Frame
March 20, 2020
In this blog post, I wanted to share with you my experience with three of the most popular attractions in Dubai – the Miracle Garden, the Global Village and Dubai Frame.
I have to say that I’m extremely grateful that I had the chance to see those amazing places and would definitely recommend visiting.
Read ahead, to find out more about them and hopefully be more prepared for your own journey to the lovely city of Dubai.
The Miracle Garden is the biggest flower garden in the world, housing over 150 million flowers. It is one of the most Instagramable gardens in the world.
One thing to keep in mind is that the garden is only open from mid-November to mid-May.
The reason that the garden closes in the summer is because of the heat so if you want to see this attraction you must visit in the winter.
We went there later in the day so it wasn’t too hot to stroll around.
There are quite a few places where you can grab food or drinks as well as a cute little area where they have hammocks.
Disney section in the Miracle Garden
I personally loved the Miracle Garden because it was just so beautiful and the aroma of the flowers was amazing. For a second it made me forget that we were in the middle of the desert.
The garden itself is not that big, but everything is just so pretty that you end up taking millions of photos or simply sit on a bench and smell the roses [get it? lol].
Some of the must-see attractions are the floral clock [which actually works], the heart passage [if you have ever been on Instagram, there is no way you have not seen it], the Big Teddy Bear holding a heart, the Disney section, the castle in the middle, the three elephants and the Emirates A380 plane.
All the attractions are situated in a circle, which makes it impossible to miss anything.
Apparently, unicorns hang out at the heart passage as well
If you are not huge on pictures or are in a rush, it will take you about an hour to an hour and a half to walk around the whole thing.
If you want to take a lot of photos, enjoy the beautiful views, grab a bite or a drink then you would need between two and three hours.
It’s such a beautiful place, that we just couldn’t leave so if you have a lot of time you can spend half a day here no problem.
There is also a stage in the middle and there was music coming out of it while we were strolling around.
They have shows and concerts that take place on that stage. However, we were too engulfed in the flowers to watch the performance.
It is definitely a very fun place to be and it reminds us that anything is possible – even having a beautiful flower garden in the middle of the desert.
For more information, please visit their official website before you go. Especially if you’re going in November or May, check to make sure the garden is open.
It closes for six months during the summer as it is far too hot outside.
The castle in middle of the garden
The Global Village opens only after 4 PM [again because of the heat].
It is essentially a place where different countries are represented in these enormous pavilions with an assortment of foods and merchandise from those countries.
It is a multicultural festival park which combines 90 countries in one place. Check out this short clip.
Remember that just as the Miracle Garden, the Global Village closes during the summer months.
Keep in mind that everything is outside so if it is very hot there will be nowhere to find shade.
There is a lot of walking, the place is huge so make sure you wear comfy shoes.
Global Village features 90 countries
I recommend going into Turkey’s pavilion and trying some pistachio ice cream [don’t get scared from them yelling and smacking these overhead bells lol] and burek.
The burek is soooo good and cheesy, it’s a must.
***For more ideas on what unique foods to try in Dubai, check out this article.***
If you are thirsty, try the freshly squeezed juices of which pomegranate, mango and watermelon are the best.
We saw some very pretty dresses in the Egypt section, in case you are shopping for clothes.
A lot of the pavilions sell similar stuff so shop around and don’t forget you can haggle with the sellers.
If you want to see the whole park you’ll probably need between 4-5 hours.
That is because there are a lot of countries featured in the Global Village and the fact that you will probably want to sit and rest at least a few times.
There is a nice, green area in the middle where you can sit and take a break.
Some of the big pavilions are China, India, Europe, Iran etc.
Prepare for large crowds! Even on weeknights, there are thousands of people that visit the Global Village.
There is also a stage in the center, where they have different entertainment programs. There is also a fountain show – check it out.
Not to mention, there is an entire amusement park as well. We were not really interested in the amusement park part, but it seemed very big and with a lot of rides.
Make sure you rest before you decide to come to the Global Village as it is quite a lot of everything – a lot of people, a lot of walking, a lot of foods to try, a lot of merchants trying to get your attention, etc.
Make sure you bring cash as no one takes cards.
We did see a few ATM machines but they were sort of out of the way as in they won’t be in the middle of the pavilions but in some far corners of the property.
We had a really good time but we were exhausted.
For more information, check out their official page.
Iran’s gate is very interesting
I have been completely obsessed with this attraction from the moment I heard about it. Dubai Frame is located beside Zabeel Park.
The good thing about it is that it is open year-round unlike a lot of the attractions that are outside. We went in the middle of the day and there was a short line to get in.
We waited for about 10 to 15 minutes before we actually got to the elevator. When you first enter, you go through a small museum that depicts Dubai’s past.
Once you go through that, you get into the elevator and go to the top portion of the frame.
There, you will find an observation deck and from one side you see Old Dubai and on the other side New Dubai (downtown).
The observation deck is really cool because there is a glass floor to walk on and you can see below. Check out this video of me walking on the glass floor.
If you’re not a fan of heights, this might be a bit challenging. But don’t worry there is still a lot of space to move around that is not glass covered.
Also, there is an option to take a picture at this photo booth thing. Or you can use these touchscreen monitors to draw something on these electric panels.
Once we were done taking pictures and walking over the glass floor, we descended back to the ground on the other frame tower. Here is an elevator video of that.
When you get to the ground, you can watch a video which depicts what the future holds for Dubai. I found it pretty interesting and entertaining and it was not too long.
After you leave the elevator, there is a small gift shop which wasn’t anything impressive, to be honest, so wouldn’t advise shopping there.
Outside, you end up being on the other side of the building from where you entered.
Keep in mind, that there is a fountain show happening in the fountains outside of the Dubai Frame.
We were lucky enough to catch part of it and even though it’s not as grand as the fountain show outside of Dubai Mall, it was very enjoyable.
There isn’t too much walking involved [we did end up walking extra because we parked pretty far from the actual gate].
If you park close to the right gate [there is a huge parking lot], you are very close to the entrance.
It took us about an hour and a half to do the whole thing, including watching some of the fountain show.
You should plan for 1-2hrs for your visit to Dubai Frame.
If you have time, you can also check out Zabeel Park which is right beside it but keep in mind they have separate entrance fees.
We didn’t have time to check it out but it looked nice from the Frame’s observation deck.
If you need more information, check out their page.
Inside the observation deck…you can see the electric panels in the shape of a triangle
So there you have it, a little bit more in-depth information about three of the main attractions in Dubai.
Keep in mind, they are not close together but then again Dubai is very spread out.
I was lucky enough to have a friend who could drive us around. We didn’t have to pre-book any of those three attractions.
The only place where we waited a little bit to get in was Dubai Frame. Regardless, all three of them are very unique and worth visiting.
You will have great memories and pictures from your trip.