Trip Report - Day 2 : Dubai : Miracle Gardens, Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater zoo, Dubai Mall Fountains
01.01.2015 - 04.01.2015 19 °C
We had a quick breakfast at the hotel and took a taxi to the Miracle gardens. It is located at a place called as Al Barsha and is quite far away from all the other major attractions in Dubai. We reached Miracle garden at around 10:15 AM and it was very crowded. The garden opens at 9 AM, so maybe reaching there earlier would have been a better option. As the name suggests, it indeed is a Miracle to have such a beautiful and colorful garden in the middle of a desert. There are different themes and sections and flowers are arranged in different forms and designs. There are several different sets like the Burj Khalifa, Eiffel Tower, houses, peacocks, etc made of flowers. We enjoyed every minute here and it provided us some great photo opportunities. There are a couple of shaded food stalls here which is a welcome break after walking around for so long. A hot cup of tea and a few snacks got us recharged for the rest of the garden. We spent around 2 hours here and took a taxi back to the hotel.
After relaxing in the room for some time, we went to a restaurant called Ravi's for Lunch. This place is extremely popular and is rated very highly on tripadvisor. It serves Indian and Pakistani food and there was a waiting queue even at 2:30 PM. We ordered the Butter Chicken and Mutton Peshawari, both the dishes were delicious. The ambiance is not great and it is very crowded, but for the food - it is definitely a YES.
We took a taxi from Ravi's to Dubai Mall. One very important piece of information here is that the Dubai Taxi's have a change of shift at 4 PM.During a shift change, drivers do not accept passengers as they have to go back to the depot for the next driver’s shift. We were not aware of this and had to wait for almost 45 minutes for a taxi to Dubai Mall.
Dubai Mall is one of world's largest shopping malls. We were not really interested in shopping on this trip, however visiting the mall for any person visiting Dubai is a must just for the sheer experience. We went straight to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest tanks in the world featuring one of world's largest viewing panel. This was something on our priority list as we were sure Isha would enjoy it. You can get more information about the tickets from http://www.thedubaiaquarium.com/en/Visitus/TicketInformation.aspx.
We purchased the Platinum Aquarium Package for AED 80 per adult comprising of Aquarium Tunnel, Underwater Zoo and Behind the scenes tour. Isha thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a great experience to walk through the Aquarium tunnel surrounded by different fish. Also the penguins, king crocodile, shark, octopuses was all very fascinating for Isha.
Dubai Mall also has a snow skating rink and waterfall in addition to the multitude of restaurants and shops. Basically, it is such a huge mall that even to reach a particular point from another, you need to walk so much that you get exhausted.
The next thing on our priority list was to watch the Dubai Musical Fountains.. According to the Dubai Mall website, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft (150 metres), equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is 900 ft (275 metres) long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. It is the world's largest dancing fountain. There are three options to view the fountains:
- Take a ride on a Abra and watch the beautiful fountain with Burj Khalifa in the backdrop
- Take a seat at one of the several restaurants or cafes which provide a view of the fountains.
- There are also several open areas from where you can watch the fountain.
We had plans of watching the Dubai Musical Fountains from the terrace of TGIF. We wrote our name in the waiting list for the terrace table, however even after waiting for more than an hour, we were nowhere close to the top of the list. So we dropped the plan and decided to watch the fountain from the open area between Dubai Mall and the Souk Al Bahar. This area was also very crowded and we had to wait for the ongoing show to end and the crowd to reduce a little so that we could push ourselves to the front from where we could get a good view of the fountain. The only good part is that the show repeats every half an hour, so even if you miss one show, you can get another one.
After the show got over, we just walked around Souk Al Bahar and tried to get a fountain facing table at one of the restaurants there. However, we were out of luck. It was just not our day to watch the fountains while having dinner.
We did get some beautiful views of the Burj Khalifa though. We were lucky to get the Guinness World Record winning LED illumination on Burj Khalifa’s facade. The spectacular LED display envelopes the world’s tallest tower in the colors of the UAE national flag among other dazzling effects and was a treat to our eyes.
With the scintillating Burj khalifa in our minds, we returned to our hotel. We had dinner at Pizza express again, but this time tried the Lasagne Verde and Fungotto. The Fungotto is a Portobello mushroom stuffed with goat's cheese, mozzarella, garlic butter, bread crumbs etc and it was something very different and very delicious.