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The best farms to visit in Dubai

Thu, May 27, 2021

Learn about organic crops, collect fresh produce and check in on the animals – the whole family can discover a green scene at these top agricultural spots.

Learn about organic crops, collect fresh produce and check in on the animals – the whole family can discover a green scene at these top agricultural spots.

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Grow your greens at Emirates Bio Farm

The best farms to visit

It's the UAE’s largest private organic farm with as much an emphasis on education as producing the finest crops. Just a short drive from Dubai's city centre, you can make your way to this green spot for a true farm experience. Our top tip? Book a group tour and sunset session. The experience starts with an in-depth visit around the acres of land followed by the opportunity to get involved and harvest some of your own vegetables. Don't miss out on the fun of getting towed on a tractor trip before settling down on the dunes to watch the sun come down over the horizon. Keep an eye out as the farm also hosts pop-up dining experiences throughout the year.

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Make it a bee-utiful day

Get a front-row seat to witness nature’s finest work at Honeybee Garden and Discovery Center in Hatta. Book the Bee World Discovery Package which ensures visitors get kitted out in protective clothing – ideal for photo opportunities – before being introduced to the stars of the show during a tour of the garden. Don't forget to make a bee-line for the the onsite shop at the end so that you can head home with a sweet souvenir.

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Take time to harvest

There’s a new place in Dubai where everyone is invited to join in and tend to the crops. My Farm Dubai is a self-sustaining, eco-farm that combines nature and technology to grow fruit and vegetables in the middle of the Dubai desert. Located in Al Khawaneej, it also produces herbs, spices and honey that visitors can harvest for themselves in group or private sessions during a two-hour weekly tour. If you really want to get some gardening done and pick up new skills, there are adult workshops and full experiences that teach you to tend to plants while children are catered to with specialised sessions too. Book online or call +971 50 33 47261.
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Save the planet

Eco-friendly urban farming has become a reality in the UAE thanks to UNS Farms in Al Quoz. Although you won’t see a patch of soil for miles around, all of the fresh produce is grown onsite using nutrients fed through a water-based system with roots growing in humid air and water without pesticides. Head here to give the little ones a lesson in sustainability, while picking up the ingredients for a delicious salad safe in the knowledge that every step of the process is accounted for. Contact +971 52 44 55 066.

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Discover your green fingers

Given its environmentally-friendly remit is at the heart of its planning, it comes as no surprise that The Sustainable City is living up to its name. A flourishing park runs through the entire length of the district forming the community’s Central Green Spine, which houses 11 biodome greenhouses and covers 3,000 sqm of planted space. Now the city’s residents have begun cultivation with a plan to grow as many fruits and vegetables as possible, and there’s never been a better time to get involved as extra volunteers are always welcome.

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Staycation in an agricultural area

The Reef and Happiness Farm

Happiness Farm in Hatta offers up a very different kind of getaway as you and the family will be able to spend the night in a rustic, self-catered farmhouse surrounded by cultivation. Fire up the barbecue or take it easy in the farm’s private swimming pool before challenging the family to a game of billiards or foosball. Keep an eye out for rabbits and deer that often come to get fed by visiting guests.

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