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.