Is there anyone who doesn’t love butterflies? So beautiful and delicate, I remember as a kid, lying in fields of long grass as flashes of colour would zoom about around me.
The Dubai Butterfly Garden hasn’t been open for very long, but it promised hundreds of different species within a botanical garden type setting – most importantly the temperature inside was set at a balmy 24 degrees, about 20 degrees cooler than what I’m melting in at the moment.
Before you go into the gardens, there is an incredible display of pictures, all made of butterflies. It’s worth taking a stroll around and checking them out.
The gardens themselves are beautiful. Amazing floral displays hang from the ceiling and rise up from the flower beds that surround the delicately winding paths. It really is like something from a fairytale.
Pretty soon after we arrived I realised I don’t like butterflies flying towards me, at all (always fun discovering new things about yourself). But I took deep breaths and tried not to freak out and soon I got used to it. Although not really, but I noticed that if I just kept moving slowly they left me alone.
There were four greenhouses full of butterflies to explore – each one ever so slightly different. We took our time wandering around and taking pictures.
The only thing that lets the Butterfly Garden down for me, is that there are cages dotted about with birds in them. I’m not entirely sure what they have them there for and it seems very mean to have them locked-up.
We were in there for a good 90 minutes, before heading back out into the heat. The Dubai Butterfly Garden is a really lovely way to spend an afternoon – plus you can grab an ice-cream from the little cafe on your way out.