Five residents share their prized gardens and reveal the care that goes into maintaining an oasis in the desert.

Aspate of recent park openings means there are now more places than ever to enjoy flora and fauna in Dubai. Last month the city welcomed ten new parks in areas including Al Hubab and Al Warqaa, while in February Dubai Miracle Garden opened to the public, boasting 45 million flowers. Taking inspiration, Emaar Properties has announced the finalists and winners of the annual Emaar Garden Competition, spanning areas including Arabian Ranches and Emirates Living (The Lakes, The Springs, The Meadows, The Views and The Greens). German couple Gerald and Cornelia Twarloh took our pick of the awards for Best Sustainable Garden. Here, we view some of the entrants’ private sanctuaries and find out what makes them so special.