I f you’re trying to create your own little oasis in the desert, it’s fair to expect that dream not to come cheap. But it need not put your bank manager on statins, either.
Whether out of laziness or just not talking to the right horticulturalists, some Dubaians are unaware of Dubai’s Plant Souk, just off Al Awir Road. It might seem a bit of a drive for Jumeirah Village Triangle types, but for the cash you’ll save on filling out those empty spaces in the back garden, the 20-minute journey is well worth making.
Rows of greenhouses and sheltered plots are filled with all manner of indigenous and exotic plants and flowers, with prices ranging from Dhs5 for tiny sprouted shrubs into the thousands for decades-old, beautifully twisted olive trees that look almost wrenched from mythology.
Spent up on fancy plants on Sheikh Zayed Road and now haven’t got a pot to, erm, plant in? Here you’ll find a selection ranging from chunky vessels sturdy enough for a tree to ornate pieces shipped all the way from Vietnam – perfect for a daintier desert rose or frangipani.
With perfect gardening weather just around the corner, it’s never too late to be in the know. Al Warsan 3. Turn right off Al Awir Road after Per Aquum Desert Palm onto D54. Take a left at the first roundabout.