Dubai to launch world's largest vertical garden

Phase 2 of Miracle Garden which will also include a butterfly garden will be launched in October

Dubai is to build the world’s largest vertical garden and the world’s biggest butterfly garden as part of an expansion to the Miracle Garden launched in Dubailand earlier this year, it was announced on Tuesday.

Dubai Properties Group (DPG) unveiled phase one of the Miracle Garden earlier this year and nearly 400,000 visitors flocked to see the more than 45 million flowers on display.

As part of phase two, DPG’s partner Akar Landscaping & Agriculture Company will start work on the latest attractions, which are due to be unveiled in October 2013.

In addition to the current variety of plant and flower species, the second phase of the 721,000 sq ft Miracle Garden will include the largest vertical garden in the world.

It will also feature an Edible Plants Garden from which visitors can pick their own fruits and vegetables and a Butterfly Garden, made up of an impressive 10,000 live butterflies bred in the UAE for the first time.

The Butterfly Garden, set to be one of the biggest in the world, will be home to over 40 different species of butterfly. A breeding station is also set to be built to manage the butterfly population.

Other elements will include new children’s attractions, a Flower Hills and Mountains themed garden and a retail area.

Dubailand attracted over 13 million visitors last year, with current attractions including Dubai Sports City, Global Village, MotorCity, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai Outlet Mall, and Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre.

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