Family favourite Dubai Garden Glow is back for the cooler months to dazzle audiences at Zabeel Park with its veritable cavalcade of colour, more dinosaurs and a freezing ice park.
Words: Miles Buckeridge
The glow-in-the-dark attraction has been a big hit since it opened in 2015 and this year is expecting more than one million customers. Occupying in excess of 100 acres of Zabeel Park, light sculptures containing 10 million LEDs make up the attraction, which was created by a team of over 500 artists.
This time round the creative team have added a winter wonderland. Yep, despite it being a balmy 30C-something outside now, inside temperatures are kept at -8 degrees centigrade. Themed around global warming, in the ice park you’ll find ice sculptures of UAE landmarks including the Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Burj Al Arab in a literally chilled area, where warm jackets will be handed out.
Visitors will also find some ice dinosaurs, because as is effortlessly proven by the Dinosaur Park zone outside, kids LOVE a giant extinct reptile.
The aforementioned Dinosaur Park has 100 animatronic dinosaurs for your little ones to live out their Jurassic World dreams, and the installations come with handy information points – making it as educational, but probably heaps more fun, than an afternoon on Wikipedia.
Other new things to see include the attractively-named Happy Forest, Candy World and Happiness Street, as well as original attractions, a model of the Burj Khalifa made from 300,000 brightly-coloured bottles and Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque re-created from 90,000 porcelain cups, plates and spoons.
Dubai Garden Glow is a magical place, one from which you cannot help but leave in a better mood than the one you came in with. That’s helped by the various snack cars and food trucks throughout the park, as well as DIY barbecue stations, so you can dine with the dinosaurs.
Open 4pm-12am (4pm-1am on weekends). Entrance fee is AED 60 (AED 40 extra to enter the Ice Park), children under three go free. www.dubaigardenglow.com