By Sarah Townsend
Garden project features art installations made of glowing silk
Dubai Municipality has been quietly working to create a $8 million glow-in-the-dark garden at Zabeel Park, which it plans to open to the public later this month.
‘Dubai Garden Glow’ aims to showcase installations by around 150 artists from around the world – made using silk that glows at night and transforms the whole park into a light show, local media have reported.
The installations are based on wonders of the world, including an ‘African Savanna’ show inspired by the Masai Mara wildebeest migration, and a garden display inspired by the tulips of the Netherlands.
The theme of the is “Art by Day, Glow by Night’, according to Khaleej Times.
It said the park will feature a replica of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi made from 90,000 porcelain cups, plates and spoons; a 12 metre-tall miniature Burj Khalifa recreated with 330,000 medicine bottles filled with coloured water, and live performances by international, regional and local artists and acrobats.
Dubai Media Office confirmed on Twitter on Monday the park will open on December 16 this month.
There will also be a dedicated children’s education area and a large food market featuring delicacies from around the world.
The garden has reportedly applied to the Guinness Book of World Records to be the largest glow-in-the-dark park in the world.
It is aiming to attract 5,000 visitors each day and will open to the public from 4pm to 11pm in the winter months between January and April.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, was quoted as saying: “Dubai Garden Glow is a unique ‘edutainment’ vision which has been brought to life using cutting edge technology and some of the best artistic talent from different corners of the world. It will engage and inspire visitors by spreading a strong message, reinforcing Dubai's commitment towards using recycled products and reducing carbon footprint.
"With unique projects like Dubai Garden Glow we aim to offer an unforgettable experience for both children and adults using the latest technology for thrills and safety."