Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
The Vienna Tourist Board has created a garden in Marina Mall for visitors in Abu Dhabi to experience the opportunity to see a live feed from Vienna's Volksgarten park.
The Vienna Tourist Board has created a garden in Marina Mall for visitors in Abu Dhabi to experience the opportunity to see a live feed from Vienna's Volksgarten park.

Tiptoe through the tulips ... in Abu Dhabi

Marina Mall has recreated a famous Austrian park, Volksgarten, much to the delight of expatriates who will not be able to escape the summer heat.

ABU DHABI // The fragrant flowerbeds and green expanses of one of Vienna's most popular parks were recreated in the capital yesterday.

A 100-metre replica of the Volksgarten - complete with real shrubbery and fresh tulips - delighted visitors to Marina Mall.

Designed by the Vienna Tourist Board, the park aims to attract GCC residents to the European country to escape the soaring summer heat in the UAE.

But the Volksgarten was also a huge hit with those who will not be able to travel.

"It's really nice because they let us experience what is in other places," said Wilreah Vejand, 29, a Filipina shop assistant. "If we cannot afford to go there, at least we can experience it in the mall."

Ms Vejand and most of her friends have not left the UAE in years, although her colleague, Cesar Tepasi, 37, visited his wife in Qatar last year.

"Same like this. But a small country," he said.

Women with babies, men with prayer beads and workers dressed in their Friday best posed before purple tulips and a large screen showing scenes filmed in the Volksgarten last week, including children playing football.

"It's just like a dream palace," said Suhail Siddiqui, 40, from India, who posed for photos with his wife and sons, aged 2 and 12.

"It's really very nice. Escaping everything is very nice. This summer we're having Ramadan so we'll not be leaving [the UAE]."

For many, a patch of plastic grass was like a piece of home.

"Flowers and green. This is same, same like this in Kerala," said Jafar Kannoth, 35, an office worker.

He posed for pictures with his sister, Ramla, his brother-in law Hussein, his niece Raihanath and his grand-nephew Abbay, 18 months.

"This is a great opportunity to take photos," Mr Kannoth said.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Volksgarten display.

Temperatures are expected to hit up to 40C in the interior of the country this weekend, according to the National Centre of Meterology and Seismology.

azacharias@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 An tenant in the Al Barsha area of Dubai has been sent a non-renewable contract by the landlord. Randi Sokoloff / The National

Dubai landlord refuses to pay back Rera fees after losing rent case

Keren Bobker helps a tenant who wants to know how to reclaim his RERA case fees and who has also been sent a contract with a “one-year nonrenewable” note.

 A Brabus Mercedes 6x6 Sports Utility Vehicle is readied for display during Auto China 2014 in Beijing, on April 20. Adrian Bradshaw / EPA

In pictures: Auto China 2014 exhibition

Leading automakers have gathered in Beijing for the kickoff of China’s biggest car show, but lacklustre growth and environmental restrictions in the world’s largest car market have thrown uncertainty into the mix. More than 1,100 vehicles are being showcased.

 A customer looks at a large mock-up of videogame console Game Boy.  Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo

Nintendo’s Game Boy at 25: hand-held legacy lives on

Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary Monday with the portable device’s legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National