The Dubai Butterfly Garden opened in March. It was a hugely anticipated event, mostly because it’s a great combination of nature and air-conditioning. Last week, the kids and I visited along with some friends. Entrance is 50AED for anyone over 3 years of age (which in my opinion is on the high side for the amount of time you spend inside the garden).
The main problem, however, was that Adam was terrified of the butterflies. And after initially finding it all very beautiful, a butterfly brushed against Emily’s face and scared the hell out of her, so I ended up with two terrified children in a garden full of what are essentially creepy crawlies.
We weren’t in there very long.
However, it’s a beautiful place, and very restful (if you ignore certain crying children). There are so many stunning butterflies in amazing colours. If you love butterflies and don’t mind the fact that they are everywhere, and they are pretty huge, it’s a good place to visit. There are also enclosed pagodas where you can sit and have butterflies rest on you. Staff is very helpful with this. One friend’s daughter loved the butterflies so it was a completely different experience for her.
There is also a (rather morbid) gallery at the entrance, displaying framed patterns made out of preserved butterflies. The contrast with the live butterflies was somewhat shocking, and I can’t say that room was my favourite of the lot.
A small cafe serves drinks, some snacks, ice cream and cake.