As usual, Dubai evokes something special and the latest addition to the tourist landscape is the Butterfly Park. The park just opened a few weeks ago and it is a real treat. Since my American girl is here, I thought it would be a good idea to show her around the park. She confessed that there is nothing like this park in America and I can assure you that there is not a single similar park in India. Frankly, such a park should have opened in India, particularly in Shillong, which is home to some of the most beautiful butterfly species.
Dubai Park is near the Miracle Garden, another must-see in Dubai. I have already written about the miracle garden. We left Abu Dhabi in my car and covered the distance in just over an hour. Since the weather was cool, I lowered the hood of my Mustang and the cool breeze cooled us down. We drove straight to the park which is the newest attraction along with the Garden of Lights.
The Butterfly Park is a feather at the top of the tourism industry in Dubai. I don’t know how much it cost, but I’m sure it would have cost a lot. The park creates a magical world of fairies, goblins and goblins. My little girl loved it as we entered an ethereal world. The park has an area of 4000 square meters and is housed in 3 large domes, which are temperature controlled.
The park opens from 09:30 and closes at 6 in the afternoon. The entrance fee is AED 50, which is equivalent to about 950 rupees. To an Indian it seems expensive, but for the pleasure it gives, the price is quite good. Once you enter the park, you are introduced to the world of butterflies. The park has almost 2,600 species of butterflies from around the world. The interior decoration simulates the world of butterflies, which are from all over the world. But I think there should be more information about the butterflies and their species shown. As you go through the park and sit on the many benches inside, the butterflies will come and sit on you, your hand or whatever, and this in itself is an absolute pleasure. A variety of trained staff take care of the butterflies and lovers and children find it charming.
Butterflies are hovering over you and one can easily spend a couple of hours observing the butterflies. I remembered Shillong, who had so many butterflies floating around because the weather suited them. Here the climate inside the domes is controlled and natural flowers and a garden add to the ecology of the park. Obviously, many studies have been done before this park emerged and the result is something that is not normally seen.
Dubai is now a mega metropolis that rivals London and New York and last year its airport handled 61 million passengers. These exotic parks add to the glitz of the city and my American friend confessed that the park was unique.
Next to the park there is a small museum and a souvenir shop. The souvenir shop sells butterflies framed in display cases, which can be hung on the wall or simply kept on a table. I remember that in Shillong this was a thriving business, but the government stopped it. I am not a fan of selling framed butterflies as it is a form of cruelty. Other souvenirs such as photos and trinkets can also be chosen. My friend bought some of them, but not the framed butterflies.
Attached to the park is an excellent cafeteria, serving sandwiches, as well as hot and cold tea or coffee. Alcohol-free, of course, and that’s good. As I held my friend’s hand with the butterflies fluttering around us, I could feel the creation of a magical moment. I don’t think any visitor to the park can go out and be unaffected by the glorious atmosphere and enchanting world of butterflies. It is unique and I will recommend a visit to anyone who comes here. I wonder why we in India cannot create such exotic places.
The Dubai Butterfly Park is a thing of joy and shows a pragmatic and progressive min set. It is also a place to rekindle a long-lost love story. These places reinforce Dubai’s status as a world tourist center