The Time list comprises of a 100 places, divided into three sections – ‘to visit’, ‘to stay’, ‘and to eat and drink’.
Dubai Quranic Park sits in the ‘to visit’ list, along with locations including Mata Ki Te Rangi International Dark Sky Sanctuary in Pitcairn Islands, Helsinki Central Library in Oodi Helsinki, Finland and Zakouma National Park in Chad.
According to Time magazine, the greatness of a place is measured not only in miles, money or visitors captivated, but when a traveler gets ‘the sense that one has stumbled upon the extraordinary’. And undoubtedly, that’s exactly what placed Quranic Park on the list.
Time magazine went on to state that the second annual list of World’s Greatest Places was a result of nominations from editors, correspondents and industry experts the world over and each nomination was evaluated on key factors including “quality, originality, sustainability, innovation and influence”.
According to Hillary Leung, an author from Time magazine ‘The park’s aim, per the city’s municipal government, is to bridge cultures and promote tolerance by offering visitors exposure to Islam in a family-friendly space’
If you’ve not yet visited the new cultural attraction, Quranic Park spans over 60-hectares and offers visitors a brilliant, intelligent insight into the several areas of the Holy Quran.
The Quranic Park is home to two main attractions: the Glass House which houses 9 different plants and trees that are mentioned in the Quran and The Sunnah, and the Cave of Miracles, which depicts miracles revolving around the Prophets that occurred in the Holy Quran.
The park is also home to flourishing plants, flowers and trees, and orchards as well as a fountain that has a walkway that cuts right through it.
The Quranic Park is located at Al Khawaneej, close to Mushrif Park and entry to the park is free, but a ticket fee of Dhs5 is required to enter the Glass House and the Cave of Miracles.