Desert safaris and shopping are staple attractions in the emirate of Dubai —but if you are looking for an activity that’s a little more on the peaceful side, visit Dubai Butterfly Garden. What are the attractions in the indoor butterfly garden Dubai? When is it open and is it worth visiting? To make your choice easier, here is our Dubai Butterfly Garden review.
About Dubai Butterfly Garden
The largest covered park of its type in the world, Dubai Butterfly Garden is a recreational facility featuring 10 custom domes housing around 15,000 butterflies from over 50 categories. The domes are climate-controlled, which gives the butterflies a comfortable environment to fly around. The Dubai Butterfly Garden location is close to the upcoming developments in Dubailand, close to the rental flats in Arjan.
Located next to Dubai Miracle Garden just off Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, the circular garden can accommodate around 300 people. Additionally, the area also features a butterfly museum and a lush garden filled with a variety of exotic plants and flowers. Other attractions like fountains, birds and a fish pond also add to the park’s popularity.
Things to do at Butterfly Garden Dubai
While the domes at the centre of the butterfly park are the stars of the show, there are also other perks that make any visit to Dubai Butterfly Garden enjoyable, especially for families with kids. Here is a general breakdown of attractions at Dubai Butterfly Garden.
Beaded curtains mark the entrance to the domes, which are kept at a comfortable 24°C and are abundant with flowers and plants. Every path is lined with vibrant foliage while trailing ivy hanging from the ceiling completes the natural look.
Go further in and get ready to be greeted by a frenzy of fluttering butterflies — chasing each other around the dome, flying high above the ceiling or perched on feeding stations like hanging trays of nectar or fruit scattered throughout the space.
For a more immersive experience, we recommend sitting in the netted gazebos located in each dome and letting the butterflies come to you —it’s a great way to observe rare and beautiful species of butterfly and also prevents visitors from accidentally hurting or stepping on them.
Careful attempts have been made to make the steel structure replicate natural element. Recorded bird sounds are complemented by occasional chirps of real canaries, parakeets and budgies in cages dotted across space. The domes are kept bright and airy with plenty of natural light streaming in from the windows above while a mini waterfall in the second dome adds to the natural look.
The first room in the indoor garden is the Butterfly Museum which features hand-crafted pieces of art and paintings made by thousands of pressed butterflies from around the world. A notable piece is a mural of the Crown Prince of Dubai.
Located in Dome 2, the koi pond is hard to miss. Filled with a multitude of Koi fish in various sizes, the pond is a great place to snap pictures. The sound of running water gives a soothing effect amidst the cacophony of bird sounds in the indoor space.
The main premise of this indoor butterfly garden in Dubai is to educate the masses. Visitors here get to witness the actual life cycle of butterflies from the pupal stage to adulthood and gain more insight into their metamorphosis. To make the most of their visit, Dubai Butterfly Garden also gives visitors the opportunity to recognize and learn about different butterfly species.
Notable types of butterflies to spot include the White Angled-Sulphur, Monarch, Red Rim, African Queen, Tailed Jay, Doris, Great Eggfly, Orange Oakleaf, Owl Butterfly, Clipper, and Golden Birdwing to name a few. Adding to the educational experience is a cinema with a huge selection of animations, butterfly-lifecycle videos and movies for younger visitors.
All that sightseeing is enough to make anyone hungry. Fortunately, a visit to the food kiosk is enough to satiate any hunger pangs. Other food outlets include a Starbucks Coffee and a candy shop. Serving a variety of coffee, fresh fruits, juices, ice cream and candies, these food outlets ensure that families never have to cut their visit short to grab some food.
Other facilities of note include a parking area, prayer room, souvenir shops, wheelchair access facilities, toilets, a first aid room and even a car hire service.
In addition to operating as a botanical garden, the butterfly garden in Dubai also offers academic tours and services for travel agencies. Tickets are offered on discounted prices for group bookings. Additionally, the park also hosts events like corporate team building activities, birthdays and even weddings. To find out more, refer to these details:
- Timings for group bookings and tours in Dubai Butterfly Garden: 09:00 am to 06:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All queries about bookings made during non-working days are answered on the next business day.
Butterfly Garden Dubai Timings and Entry Fee
The temperature-controlled environment at Dubai Butterfly Garden enables park management to keep the facility open for visitors all year round. For information on Butterfly Garden pricing or Dubai Butterfly Garden ticket price and other related queries, refer to the following details:
- Timings of Dubai Butterfly Garden: 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
- Price of tickets for Dubai Butterfly Garden: AED 55 (for adults and children 3 years and above) | Free for disabled visitors and kids aged below 3
- Contact: +971-4-422-8902
- Email: email@example.com
- Dubai Butterfly Garden Location: Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand Area Dubai
Dubai Butterfly Garden Rules
Like other recreational facilities in the UAE, Dubai Butterfly Garden has rules in place to ensure that visitors enjoy their time at the park.
- Bringing food and beverages inside the garden is strictly prohibited as these can attract predatory insects that can harm the butterflies
- Children are to be supervised by adults at all times
- Management is not responsible for any lost belongings
- Visitors are advised to watch their step while walking around the domes to avoid stepping on butterflies
- Visitors must avoid disturbing the butterflies while they are feeding and should not be grabbing them
- Visitors must avoid touching a butterfly’s wing or any other area that may render them unable to fly
- Entry into restricted areas is strictly prohibited
That’s all for our Dubai Butterfly Garden review. If you haven’t been to this place before, we recommend the attractions at Dubai Miracle Garden first. Looking for outdoor recreational spaces in the emirate? Our picks of the best parks in Dubai are great options for your travel bucket list. Our picks for the best and most beautiful parks in Sharjah must be on your travel bucket list. For more family-friendly fun, check out the public parks in Abu Dhabi too.