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The world's largest flower garden... in the last place you would expect: Rainbow-coloured oasis with 45 MILLION flowers is in the middle of a desert
· The Dubai Miracle Garden features over 45 flower species imported from all over the world
· A multitude of shaped archways, flowerbeds and structures can be seen at the 18-acre site
· The colourful array is watered by a system that recycles waste water while avoiding evaporation
By BECKY PEMBERTON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 09:13 GMT, 20 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:48 GMT, 20 June 2015
The middle of the desert is the last place you would expect to find the world's largest flower garden, exploding with colour and textures.
But then again, in the city that prides itself on pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved - from the world's tallest building to indoor ski slopes in the desert - what can you expect?
The Dubai Miracle Garden features a sensational 45 million flowers over an 18-acre site, from breathtaking flowerbeds to heart-shaped archways and adorned castles.
Dubai Miracle Garden is world's biggest flower garden. It is situated in the North West Quadrant of Arabian Ranches interchange
This amazing tourist attraction is a Guinness Record Holder for the Largest Vertical Garden. Also popular is the heart shaped flower beds at the Alley of Hearts
Dubai Miracle Garden has more than 45 million blooming flowers with stunning colour combinations achieved through 45 different flower varieties and colour
If the natural landscape was not enough, what makes this attraction particularly impressive is the unique sub-surface irrigation system that recycles waste water via drip irrigation while avoiding evaporation and saving up to 75 per cent of water and energy.
Landscaping company, Akar, sought to deck out the gardens with an awe-inspiring assortment of flowers – most of which are rare and seen for first time in the Middle East, such as petunias and geraniums.
Bordered by windmills, this area provides parking, sitting areas, a prayer room and shops for visitors to Dubai Miracle Garden
In order to create a fresh experience for guests visiting the rainbow gardens, the displays are changed seasonally.
These have included millions of flowers in the shape of a UAE floral flag, floral clock, a Ferrari car with driver decorated by flowers, a vertical buried car zone, flower apple structures, artificial animals, flower boats and an Islamic Arch Design.
At the moment, there are 45 species of flowers in the garden, which are imported in from all around the world, from Egypt to the United States.
Of course, the attraction would not be complete without open parking, VIP parking, sitting areas, prayer room, toilet blocks, ablution facility, security room, first aid room, carts for handicapped visitors, retails and commercial kiosk and all other related services available to facilitate visitors.
The Dubai Miracle Garden features a sensational 45 million flowers over a 18-acre site, from breathtaking flowerbeds to heart-shaped archways and adorned castles
The spectacular bonanza provides a colourful oasis for the eyes of city workers, who can escape to the natural splendour
In order to create a fresh experience for guests visiting the rainbow gardens, the displays are changed seasonally
These have included millions of flowers in the shape of the UAE's flag, floral clock, a Ferrari car with driver decorated by flowers, a vertical buried car zone, flower apple structures, artificial animals, flower boats and an Islamic Arch Design
At the moment, there are 45 species of flowers in the garden, which are imported in from all around the world
If the natural landscape was not incredible enough, what makes this attraction particularly impressive is the unique sub-surface irrigation system that recycles waste water via drip irrigation while avoiding evaporation and saving up to 75 per cent of water and energy
A fantasy flower house at the Miracle Garden, which has plants growing over its turrets, doors, walls and towers
A pathway shaded by umbrellas at the Miracle Garden, provides a colourful walkway for visiting guests
Peacock topiary covered in an array of colourful flowers at the largest natural flower garden in the world
There is no limit to the imagination gone into the design of the gardens, which include flowers streaming like hair from a giant human
Barrels tipping streams of flowers, and peacocks with colourful plumages are featured in the creative attraction
Even Disney characters such as Mater from Cars can be seen at the Dubai oasis, of course decorated with flowerbeds
Giant structures can be viewed in the park, covered from top to bottom in an array of flowers
Just lion around! This is the bizarre moment an entire pride of lions decided to take a kip – 15 feet up a tree.
Lions napping up a tree in Central Serengeti, Tanzania
At least 15 of the beasts were caught on camera lounging on the branches of a sturdy tree in Central Serengeti, Tanzania .
But while it might look as though they were using the vantage point to seek out prey, photographer Bobby-Jo Clow,from Dubbo, Australia, revealed the laid back pride were actually trying to escape flies living in the long grass.
The lions were caught on camera lounging on the branches of a sturdy tree
Bobby-Jo, 32, said: "I was leading a photographic safari in the Serengeti and on our first official day in the park we came across this incredible sighting.
"Our guide spotted the pride in the trees, and luckily we were able to get close enough to the lions to create some really unique images.
"We were close enough that we could hear their vocal interaction and also hear some of them snoring in the tree.
The lions can be seen enjoying some relaxing time in the safety of a high tree
"At one point I counted 15 lions in the tree – it was an incredible sight.
"It was also very comical at times as the lions appeared rather clumsy whilst moving and repositioning themselves in the tree. One lioness had an incredibly rotund belly and she was letting it all hang out whilst perched on the tree.
The laid back pride were trying to escape flies living in the long grass
"Our guide informed us that due to the recent rains the grass was quite long in the Serengeti and that lions climb the trees to escape the insects that thrive in the long grass. When your guide gets his camera out and starts taking photos you know you have something special in front of you."