The top spots to grab some Mother's Day flowers in Dubai...
Blooms: Blooms has carved out a niche for silk flower craft, offering flower arrangements and frilly matching decorative items for the home. The store also has a small selection of fresh flowers. Umm Suqeim (04 394 6094). Open Sat- Thu 9am-9pm. All major credit cards.
Green Plain Flowers: All major credit cards. Fresh and artificial flowers can be found here at bargain prices, from exotic orchids to elegant lilies. Al Mankhool Road, Satwa (04 398 9864). Open Sat-Thu 9am-1pm, 4.30pm-10pm; Fri 5pm-10pm.
Oleander: Oleander is more of a garden accessory shop, but if you wander to the back of the store you will find an oasis of beautiful, perfumed bunches of flowers. Jumeirah 1 (04 344 0560). Open Sat-Thu 8am-9pm; Fri 4pm-9pm. All major credit cards.
Spinneys: Don’t be put off by the fact that this flower shop is in a supermarket – the flowers here are gorgeous and wonderfully aromatic, and the talented staff are skilled at putting together impressive bouquets. Look out for their regular promotions, when you can nab yourself a real bargain like 15 roses for Dhs10. Mercato (04 349 6900). Open daily 8am-midnight. All major credit cards. Other locations: Al Ghurair City (04 222 2886); Bin Sougat (04 286 2442); Dubai Marina (04 367 4810) ; Jumeirah1(04 349 9688); and throughout the city.
Forever Florist: If you’re more of an online shopper, you could do worse than taking a look at www.forever-florist-dubai.com. The selection’s pretty good, from red roses to huge pink explosions for those of you who like a ‘grand’ gesture.
Upscale and posh: Yes, this is one of the best-named shops in Dubai, but it really is quite upscale, and rather posh. You even get an ‘advisor’ to help you pick your bunch. The posh pinks are a very pretty red rose alternative if your Valentine’s isn’t a traditional sort. Call your very own floral advisor on 050 173 6479 and place your order.
Ibe Flowers: Another online stop, for those who'll be ordering from their desks. The selection's pretty good, and your romantic gesture is only a click away.
Worood: Creating living art using the finest floral specimens from the four corners of the globe – from exotic rain forests to specialist conservatories – Worood is truly setting trends in floral fashion. Our floral artisans combine sprays of elegance with sprigs of eloquence to create the most perfect and timeless bouquets. Dubai Mall (04 434 2444)
Emirate's Florist: And finally, one last online stop to try if everyone else has run out of roses. Log on and keep your fingers crossed. Good luck!