First Miracle Garden project opens in Dubai

Deal signed to develop phase 2 of Dubailand attraction to include retail, restaurants
First Miracle Garden project opens in Dubai
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 16 Feb 2013 11:00 AM

Dubailand, the Dubai Properties Group destination, has signed an agreement to develop the first Miracle Garden project in the city.

The Project Development Agreement has been inked with Akar Landscaping & Agriculture Company.

The new development, a 721 000 sq ft outdoor leisure facility which opened this week, includes special vertical and horizontal landscaping designs, each area has special design.

A second phase of the project is set to see new retail, restaurants, souvenir shops, plant nurseries and a multi-storey car park and work will start on site in the middle of the year.

The Miracle Garden features more than 45 million flowers, some of which have been planted for the first time in the Gulf region, as well as the world's biggest flower clock and a huge pyramid of flowers with a base area of 144m and a height of 10m.

It is hoped that the attraction will bring in one million visitors a year.

Abdel Nasser Y. Rahhal, general manager of Akar Landscaping Services said in comments published by Construction Week Online: “We are very proud to open Miracle Garden here in Dubai... In addition to the environmental benefits associated with this project, the Miracle Garden will provide visitors with ample outdoor recreational space and a number of retail outlets, making it an ideal family day out.”

Mohammed Al Habbai, CEO of Dubailand, added: “Miracle Garden is an impressive addition to the wide range of attractions already on offer in Dubailand. ”

The garden project is the latest to be announced to increase the number of green areas in the emirate.

In December Nakheel said it is planning to build more parks and communal green areas after opening a new AED24m ($6.5m) park on Palm Jumeirah.

"We have vacant space in most of our communities and so we are looking at building more parks and communal areas. We want to add more green space to our communities," CEO Ali Rashid Lootah said.

Nakheel opened Al Ittihad Park on Palm Jumeirah on UAE National Day on December 3. The new 1.1m sqft sustainable, green area contains around 60 varieties of trees and plants and a 3.2km jogging track.

In November, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced plans to build a new multi-billion dollar project called Mohammed Bin Rashid City.

The project, to be built by Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties, will include a green space that is planned to be a third bigger than Hyde Park in London.

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