nighttime Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow Returns For Season 9 – Winter 2023-24

by Dubai Travel Planner

Back for its 9th magical season, Dubai Garden Glow has to be seen to be believed!

This illuminated park is definitely one not to miss when visiting Dubai with the kids in the cooler winter months – from giant glowing jellyfish to luscious love tunnels and a ferocious T-Rex. Yes, all at one venue!!!

Dubai Garden Glow is one of the top Dubai winter attractions you need to get on your bucket list!

There are actually five attractions in one place to enjoy inside Dubai Garden Glow in the central city location of Zabeel Park:

  • Glow Park:  Made of over one million energy-saving bulbs and recycled luminous fabric, there are dozens and dozens of exciting and enchanting exhibits made by artists worldwide to enjoy in the Glow Garden. 
  • Dinosaur Park: A display of more than 120 very realistic animatronic dinosaurs.
  • ART Park: An Eco-friendly display made up of thousands of recyclables.
  • Magic Park: A world of mesmerizing optical illusions and 3D artworks – 25 exhibits to enjoy (separately ticketed)
  • Ice Park: An indoor ice sculpture exhibition at sub-zero temperatures in the desert! (separately ticketed – TBC if returning in 2023/24)
Dubai Garden Glow Park

Who would Dubai Garden Glow suit?

This is a great winter evening experience to enjoy with children and friends, and even as a romantic treat.

It gets very busy, especially on the weekends (Friday and Saturday nights). If you are visiting from overseas, it’s better to pick another night, and we strongly recommend you pack a bucket load of patience if you’re waiting for some of the best photos.

And yes, you will find yourself taking hundreds of photos; We strongly recommend you bring your backup battery pack!!

Top Tip: With young children, we recommend you head there early when the gates open.  Enjoy the Dinosaur Park first, perhaps stop for a bite to eat and enjoy the playground; then you will catch the sunset, and Glow Park will come to life before the bulk of the crowd arrives after dark. You will definitely want a stroller, as a lot of walking is involved.

Opening Times for Dubai Garden Glow

Season 9 commenced on 15 September 2023 and will run through Dubai’s winter months until May 2024 – the exact closing date is TBC.

It is open 7 days a week. Glow Garden timings are:

  • Sunday to Friday, 5:00 pm to 11:00 am (last tickets 10:00 pm)
  • Saturday & Public Holidays, 5:00 pm to 12 midnight (last tickets 11:00 pm)

Ticket Prices for Dubai Garden Glow

You can purchase your tickets online in advance (it’s cheapest we’ve found to buy them via Platinumlist), or you can pay at the gate; but be warned, as the evening gets busy, you will face queues.

  • All tickets online for adults & children are AED 60 AED (incl VAT) – at the gate AED 70
  • Tickets, including the Magic Park, are AED 90 – at the gate AED115
  • Children under 3 years old/1.2m, over 65 years old and People of Determination are free

Note that standard tickets give you access to Dinosaur Park + Glow Park + Art Park.


How to Get to Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow Location: Zabeel Park, Gate No 6 & 7.

  • Taxis are the easiest way to get to and from Dubai Garden Glow. They will drop you off at Gate 6/7 at Zabeel Park, and there is a taxi queue outside the exit for pickups.
  • The nearest Metro stop is World Trade Centre on the Red Line – but it’s a fair walk.
  • If you are driving and parking, be mindful the car park quickly fills up, especially at weekends. You could end up with quite a long walk if you don’t get a spot near to the gate.

A trip to Dubai Garden Glow can also be combined with a trip to nearby Dubai Frame, a walk across Zabeel Park and under the freeway.


Where to stay near Dubai Garden Glow

There are plenty of accommodation options close to Dubai Garden Glow. You can stay at a nearby hotel and walk during the cooler months.  You are about a 12-minute walk away from the Novotel World Trade Centre, or the Ibis One Central is a good budget choice for families.

You can check out all the nearby accommodation options here:

Find our complete listing of Dubai accommodation options here.


Dubai Garden Glow Photos

Here’s what you can expect to experience at Dubai Garden Glow (please note some images are from previous seasons, many exhibits change each year)

Other things you may need to know planning a trip to the Glow Garden

  • There are food and beverage outlets inside the Parks
  • You can no longer bring in your own food and drink for a picnic, including no alcohol
  • It can get chilly in the coldest months of the year, so pack a light sweater
  • No smoking or vaping in the parks
  • No scooters but strollers permitted
  • No pets

We hope you will enjoy the 2023-24 instalment of Dubai Garden Glow, one of the best outdoor activities in Dubai.

See more great ideas on what to do with your kids in Dubai this winter here


Before you go… More important things you should know when planning a trip to Dubai

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