The Dubai Garden Glow is one of the new attractions in Dubai, UAE and is now in its 3rd season. The Garden Glow is a uniquely themed edutainment park featuring environment-friendly exhibits with various structures created with recyclable products.
One can experience 3 theme parks in this venue:
- The Dinosaur Park, that displays more than 100 animatronic Dinosaurs.
- The largest glow-in-dark garden in the world made of 10 million energy saving bulbs and recycled luminous fabric.
- The Ice Park created with 5000 tons of Ice and maintained at a temperature of -9 degrees Celsius.
Where: Area B, Zabeel Park,
Gate 6 & 7, Dubai
Tickets: AED 60 per person (free for kids below 3 years and people with determination)
AED 40 per person for Ice Park (Not included in Garden Glow Tickets)
How to reach: Nearest metro station- Al Jafliya (red line).
Timings: 4 PM-12 AM ( best time to visit 5:30-6:30 PM as you can watch the park transform from ordinary to magical.)
Recommended time: 3-4 hours
We decided to tour the Dinosaur park first. The Park has 100+ life-size Dinos that move and make noises, thanks to the state-of-art animatronics. There are placards in front of each dino with all the information about the dinosaur. This place is really interesting if you want to learn more about these extinct beasts.
Then we visited the Dinosaur lab and the Museum, which showcases the life and afterlife of the dinosaurs. From eggs to fossils!
Next was the Glow garden. The 3rd season’s theme is “Underwater” and many of the installations are based on that theme. Also, there are various sections like the happiness street, the happy forest, candy land, colorful tunnels etc. There is something mystical about all the twinkling lights and glowing flora and fauna. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
The Glow garden also offers live performances and musicals throughout the park at the fixed times. There is a food pavilion that sells snacks like falafels, tornado potatoes etc at a reasonable price. The happiness street has a local market selling handmade bracelets, toys and sand art. You can also move around this park in a cute Panda buggy.
This theme park emphasizes on sustainable development and creates awareness about the global warming, the pollution, and waste- recycling. It is surprising to know that all the products used here are recycled.
The Lights and the installations are enchanting at first. But as you walk through the garden, it kind of becomes monotonous.
Last but not the least, We visited the Ice Park. This was the best among the three parks. There was an additional entrance of 40 AED. There is a buffer zone where they provide you with winter jackets. Once inside, the temperature is -9 degrees C.
There are amazing sculptures like the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Emirate towers, The Airbus (Emirates airlines), Camels, chariots etc all made of Ice. Though the place is tiny and there is nothing much to do inside (other than taking photos), visiting a place with -9C in Dubai is a unique experience in itself.
Overall, I felt that the ticket prices are pretty expensive for this park, considering that the Miracle Garden (Another great Dubai attraction) entrance costs only 40 AED. This place is great to take your kids to but maybe not if you are an all adult group.