Beautiful is an inadequate word to describe the impact of Al Ain Paradise Garden in Abu Dhabi, a work of garden art at its best in the middle of the desert. Originally conceived as a green space, which in itself is a remarkable achievement in the desert, every spring the expansive 21,000 square meter space is now covered in 10,000 blooms in addition to the green grass, trees and shrubs. Visitors will find flowers from temperate zones of the world in all imaginable colours carpeting much of the space while flowers cascade from baskets and pots that created a Guinness World Record with 2,968 arrangements in 2011. The garden also has a 95 meter watercourse meandering through it, a theatre and a meeting area.
Visitors enter through an arch covered with flowers and walk along paved walkways with more flower arches in various shapes and past flower beds arranged in geometric patterns, flower hedges and tiered banks of flowers on either side. Flowers cascade from baskets and pots hanging from holders on the higher tiers while cascades of flowers from planters fixed to the ground are found at intervals. There is even a pyramid of flowers and a 12 meter high replica of the Eiffel Tower not covered in flowers. Among the flowers are green spaces with shady trees where visitors can take a break to admire the beauty before them. The garden in an arid landscape certainly provides a ‘lift’ to the mood of those living in Abu Dhabi although it is not open throughout the year. Designed as a celebration of spring in the desert, the Al Ain Paradise Garden is only open to the public during the early part of the year. When open it is obviously the most popular attraction in the city drawing in 7,000 admirers in one day alone. It is also a celebration of the ingenuity of man as 300 engineers, technicians and garden staff work hard to create this marvel in the desert each year.
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