A week after our New Year’s Eve trip to Dubai, the husband and I felt like going somewhere again. We were looking for attractions, tourist spots, dinners, cruises, etc., but even if it was for our second anniversary date, we just felt like going big wasn’t really our thing. I mean, there are still plenty of places you can go to without breaking the bank.
The day before the trip, one of our friends on Facebook posted pictures of the Dubai Miracle Garden. I scrolled past the photos after liking the post, while he was on his laptop doing his usual stuff.
“Asa man ta ugma? Weekend na pud, hehe. (So where are we going tomorrow? It’s the weekend again, hehe.)” I asked, wiggling my eyebrows.
“Hmmm, kato diay’ng buwak-buwak? Mura’g nindot man to didto. (Hmmm, what about that flower-flower (flower garden 😂)? It looked nice.)”
I scrolled back up and showed him our friend’s post. “Kani? (This?)”
“Oooo, kana. (Yeees, that.)”
The next day, we hopped on a bus to the city, then on another bus to Dubai. We got off at Ibn Battuta Station, which was right in front of the Ibn Battuta Mall. We were pretty hungry by the time we got there, so we grabbed some lunch then took our time walking around.
Just a couple of days ago, I was actually talking to my cousin and Christine about meeting in Dubai. These two are in no way acquainted with each other. I knew my cousin worked in Ibn Battuta, but I did not have an inkling about what his schedule is, nor did I know about Christine’s schedule.
Just as I was thinking of them, Christine was all of a sudden there, on her way to the toilets, while I was just walking away from them. After a short “how have you been?” conversation, we said our goodbyes and promised each other that we’ll meet again soon.
On our way out of the mall, I saw a guy in a black shirt, who had his back to me and was busy with work. Then I realized that it was my cousin. I crept up from behind and gave him a scare. I finally got to introduce my husband, took some photos and said goodbye.
Since the Nakheel Station is temporarily closed, we had to take a bus (FREE!) to the next station, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. From there, we took the Metro to the Mall of Emirates, then got on the bus route 105, right in front of the mall. The ride to the garden took less than 30 minutes and the fare was AED 5 one-way.
Tickets to the garden cost AED 45 for adults and AED 35 for children.
If you like instructables instead of reading my ramblings, this should make things easier for you.
How to get to Dubai Miracle Garden from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station:
Choose from any of these bus routes:
a. E101 Ibn Battuta – this will take you to the Ibn Battuta Station.
b. E1 or E100 Dubai – this will take you to the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station.
Use your nol card to pay for the ride. This should cost you AED 25.
If you took the E101 bus:
1. Get off of the bus, check out with your nol card, and walk towards the metro. There should be a waiting area for people taking the Free Shuttle (FS1). If you want to find out why you can’t take the metro, find out here.
2. The FS1 bus will take you to the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT).
3. From JLT, get on the Rashidiya platform and take the train to the Mall of Emirates.
4. From the metro station, walk towards the mall and go to the bus station in front of the mall. Take bus route 105 to the Dubai Miracle Garden. This ride will cost you AED 5.
If you took the E1/E100 bus:
1. Get off of the bus, check out with your nol card, and walk a few minutes towards the Metro Station.
2. Go to the Creek platform, get on the train, and get off at the BurJuman station.
3. Go to the UAE Exchange platform, and take the train to the Mall of Emirates.
4. Walk towards the mall, and find the bus station right in front of the mall. Look for bus route 105. This should take you to the Dubai Miracle Garden and cost you AED 5.
Well, that’s it! I hope everything’s easy to understand. If you have any questions though, let me know in the comments.😊