I am going to Dubai mid-May and I’ve heard about an attraction called Miracle Garden. There is little information on how to get there and how safe it is for two women to visit. Please advise. DOC The Dubai Miracle Garden ( pictured
above) is in the first phase of its development and displays more than 70 flower varieties, producing more than 100 million blooms. It is open 9am to 9pm weekdays and 9am to 11pm Friday and Saturday. Entry costs about $A10. The park operates October to May, however the closing date this year is yet to be announced. Once decided, it will appear on its website (dubaimiraclegarden.com). It is not open from June to September due to temperatures of 40C and more. There is a new attraction called the Dubai Butterfly Garden, which has thousands of butterflies from around the world. It is open daily, 9am to 6pm. The entrance is separate from the Miracle Garden and the fee is $A18 (dubaibutterflygarden.com). Tickets are available for both gardens at entrances. The easiest way to reach the site is to take the RTA bus 105, from the Mall of Emirates. It runs every 20 minutes Sunday to Thursday, 2pm to 8pm, and every 15 minutes between noon and 10pm, Friday and Saturday. Cost per person is about $A2. I would not hesitate in saying it is more than safe for two women to travel to, but be respectful of the country you are in and aware of their customs.
What would be the best way for children aged seven and 10 to experience the Great Barrier Reef – without snorkelling? I’m looking for somewhere they can get waist deep into the water and experience some of what the Reef has to offer.
DOC Quicksilver Cruises (quicksilvercruises.com), operating from Port Douglas, has great options for the nonswimmer and younger visitors. By taking a tour to the outer Reef, the children can 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 for a bird’s eye view of the coral gardens. If you are worried the children are not confident swimmers, you will find operators provide snorkelling safety officers who will assist the children with buoyancy vests, flotation aids and rest stations. Snorkelling really will give the children the best experience and I would encourage them to give it a go. Also, most of the island resorts along the Queensland coast run guided Reef walks at low tide and glass-bottom boat tours.