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ABy tak­ing a tour to the outer reef, the kids will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the best of the reef from the view­ing plat­form and un­der­wa­ter ob­ser­va­tory.

There’s also the semi-sub­mersible tour that will have them glid­ing about 1m be­low the sur­face of the wa­ter for a bird’s eye view of the co­ral gar­dens and mul­ti­tude of fish species.

If you are wor­ried about the chil­dren not be­ing con­fi­dent swim­mers, you will find op­er­a­tors in­clud­ing Quick­sil­ver pro­vide Snorkelling Safety Of­fi­cers. Th­ese of­fi­cers will as­sist the chil­dren with buoy­ancy vests, The Dubai Mir­a­cle gar­dens is in phase one of its de­vel­op­ment and cur­rently dis­plays more than 70 flower va­ri­eties pro­duc­ing 100 mil­lion blooms.

It is open 9am-9pm week­days and 9am11pm Fri­day and Satur­day. En­try is about $10. The park is in op­er­a­tion from Oc­to­ber to May, how­ever the ex­act clos­ing date for this year is yet to be an­nounced on the of­fi­cial web­site (www. dubaimir­a­cle­gar­den.com).

It is not open dur­ing sum­mer months (June to Septem­ber) due to tem­per­a­tures around 40C.

There is also a new at­trac­tion which is part of the area, the Dubai But­ter­fly Gar­den.

This fas­ci­nat­ing at­trac­tion opened one-year ago and fea­tures thou­sands of but­ter­flies in­side the domes. The many species come from all over the world and it is open ev­ery day from 9am to 6pm. The en­trance is sep­a­rate from the Mir­a­cle Gar­den as is the en­trance fee of $18 (www. dubaibut­ter­fly­gar­den.com). Tick­ets are avail­able for both gar­dens at the en­trances.

The eas­i­est way to reach the site is to hop on the RTA bus num­ber 105, from the Mall of Emi­rates (stop four of the Bus Ter­mi­nal). It runs ev­ery 20 min­utes Sun­day to Thurs­day from 2pm to 8pm and ev­ery 15 min­utes be­tween 12 noon and 10pm Fri­day and Satur­day. Cost per per­son is about $2. I would not hes­i­tate in say­ing it is more than safe for two women to travel to, but as al­ways when trav­el­ling, be re­spect­ful of the country you are in and aware of their cus­toms.

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