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Dubai Quranic Park Becomes One of the World's Greatest Places

"Time" magazine lists the park alongside the Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort in Jordan and the Red Sea Mountain Trail in Egypt

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25 August 2019

Last updated on 14 January 2020
Dubai Quranic Park Becomes One of the World's Greatest Places

Quranic Park is celebrated as one of the "100 destinations to experience right now"

For its second run, Time magazine released a list of the "World's Greatest Places", among which Dubai's Quranic Park was chosen for this year. It's a proud moment for the world's first Quran-inspired park which just opened in Al Khwaneej earlier in April.

The park celebrates a wide array of the events mentioned in the Islamic text. Boasting over 60 hectares of green space, the park features installations such as the Islamic Garden - gardens based on Quran stories, solar-powered trees designed with calligraphy, the Glass House which is home to 29 trees and plants mentioned in the Quran, two children's play areas, and the Cave of Miracles which uses technology to educate visitors about the seven miracles from Islam's sacred text.

Other fascinating features include a lake split in half by a stone pathway, symbolising the parting of the Red Sea.

Entry to the Quranic Park is free, and entrance to the Cave of Miracles and the Glass House is AED 10 each. Visitors can pay with their NOL cards and a NOL recharge kiosk can be found just outside the Cave of Miracles.

"The park's aim, per the city's municipal government, is to bridge cultures and promote tolerance by offering visitors exposure to Islam in a family-friendly space," Hillary Leung wrote for the Time list.

The list of places was chosen by Time's editors across the globe from different categories including museums, parks, hotels, and restaurants. Each nominated destination was evaluated for its originality, innovation, influence, quality, and sustainability. Time editors then shortlisted the places into the final selection, which were placed in three parts: "To Visit, To Stay, and To Eat and Drink."

What's inside Dubai Quranic Park

Dubai Municipality’s Director, General Dawood Abdul Rahman Al Hajiri, said, "Among the most important elements of the project is the Glass House containing the plants mentioned in the Holy Quran and Sunnah, which grow under certain temperatures and special environmental determinants, as well as shops selling herbs and plants mentioned in the Holy Quran."

Located at the back of the park, the Glass House is an idyllic location for botany sightseeing. Each tree and plant has a plaque that describes species, its health benefits, and its connection to Islam. Visitors can find plants such as olive trees, pomegranates orchards, basil, and more.

It's a perfect spot for photo opportunities. Snacks and beverages are available at a food cart.

The Cave of Miracles displays the seven miracles mentioned in the Islamic text through interactive technology. Video clips are presented throughout the cave as visitors make their way through. The audio is currently available in Arabic, however, there are plans to release the English audio soon.

There are plenty of shaded seating areas in Quran Park Dubai. The solar-powered trees double as smart points where people can connect to free Wi-Fi and charge their phones.

 
 

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