Paradise Gardens in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE

In the Paradise Gardens of Al Ain, around 10 million flowering plants form pyramids, hearts, geometric patterns and the avenue with the most hanging flower pots in the world.

On Nahyan al-Awwal Street in the north of the city centre of Al Ain lies a flower showcase of the highest order. It can be visited for free and is one of our top 10 sights of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.

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The Paradise Gardens of Al Ain live up to their name (and play a major role in making Abu Dhabi 's "Garden City" the most water-consuming city in the United Arab Emirates ). Similar to the Miracle Gardens in Dubai, millions of flowers adorn paths, flower beds and sculptures.

Places of interest in Paradise Gardens

The biggest highlight of the Paradise Gardens of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, are its countless hanging flower pots, which are in the Guinness Book of Records, UAE - © Ritu Manoj Jethani / Shutterstock
© Ritu Manoj Jethani / Shutterstock

From an estimated 10 million flowers, the local company Akar Landscaping formed a breathtaking work of art in all the colours of the rainbow. The plants come from all over the world, from the USA to Japan and Italy to Uganda.

The biggest highlight of the Paradise Gardens are its countless hanging flower pots. They flank an avenue that leads to a 12m-high Eiffel Tower, majestically illuminated at night. Their high number of 2,968 has even earned the flower park an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. This category, by the way, would be created especially for the Paradise Gardens.

The 7m-high pyramid of flowers - including its ingenious irrigation system - is also unique in the world, because the flowers are not replaced when they have faded, but actually grow on the spot.

After the pyramid, 4m high heart-shaped arches point to a sailboat with a portrait of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa, the President of the UAE (who was born in Al Ain, by the way).

Best time to visit the Paradise Gardens of Al Ain

The 21,000-square-metre Paradise Gardens of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi are home to colourful flowers all year round, UAE - © Ritu Manoj Jethani / Shutterstock
© Ritu Manoj Jethani / Shutterstock

The flora of the flower garden was chosen so that there are colourful blossoms to marvel at all year round in the approximately 21,000 square metre park. A visit to the Paradise Gardens is therefore recommended at any time of year. Admission is also free of charge.

Tip: The opening hours of the Paradise Gardens vary greatly. To avoid standing in front of closed gates, it is best to enquire at your hotel or at the tourist information office in Al Ain.

Strictly against vandalism

Picking flowers, leaving the paved paths or littering is strictly forbidden in the Paradise Gardens and will be punished. After the park even had to be closed for several months in 2011 because visitors literally trashed the flowerbeds, the observance of the park rules is meticulously monitored.

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