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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 19 July 2018

150,000 visitors to Garden Glow in Dubai in first month

In its first month, the array of recycled material shaped into global landmarks and wildlife scenes has attracted tourists and residents alike, all taking in the illuminated spectacle.
Garden Glow in Zabeel Park, Dubai, is a winner with visitors and it may become a world record holder, too. Reem Mohammed / The National
Garden Glow in Zabeel Park, Dubai, is a winner with visitors and it may become a world record holder, too. Reem Mohammed / The National

DUBAI // The pulling power of Zabeel Park’s Garden Glow exhibition has seen more than 150,000 visitors flock to the attraction since it opened in December.

In its first month, the array of recycled material shaped into global landmarks and wildlife scenes has attracted tourists and residents alike, all taking in the illuminated spectacle.

It was the first joint project launched by Dubai Municipality and private companies, with about 150 artisans creating each scene from plastic bottles, glass, silk fabrics and four million energy-saving bulbs.

Organisers are still awaiting confirmation of their Guinness World Record attempt - a 12-metre recreation of Burj Khalifa made from 330,000 small medicine bottles. It is intended to be the world’s largest model of a national landmark made from recycled materials.

Mohamed Abdul Rahman Al Awadi, director of public parks and horticulture department at Dubai Municipality, has estimated that one million visitors will descend on the park before it closes at the end of Ramadan.

“We are thrilled with the phenomenal response we have received so far,” he said.

nwebster@thenational.ae