The Garden of Lights in Dubai
Dubai is a major metropolis city in the United Arab Emeritus. During the last 40 years Dubai has outgrown itself from a small outpost of the Raj to a thriving metropolis. Dubai is now a tourist paradise and its a matter of great pleasure that in terms of traffic, Dubai airport handled 61 million passengers, making it the second must busiest airport in the world after New York in terms of passenger traffic.
Dubai is also easily accessible by air from all corners of the globe and visitors flock to the city for a holiday. The city is an oasis of peace and entertainment like no place else. The city has excellent infrastructure in terms of travel, accomodation and facilities. The government is also pragmatic and looking forward to the 22nd century.
As part of the process to keep Dubai ahead of all cities, the government has opened two parks. These by them are unique. The first is a butterfly park and the second a garden of lights. I think the garden of lights is a first in the world. Visiting them is a rare experience.
The Garden of Lights
The garden of lights is located close to Skeik Zayad Road and is easily accessible from all corners of the city. It is a futuristic idea and opens every day from 4 pm to11 pm. The entrance ticket is 60 AED, about "£ 3. This is a bit steep, but I guess the options are limited. However on use of select credit cards a discount of one ticket free for every 2 purchased is a relief.
Inside the garden is a flurry of lights, that are used to create animals from the jungle. There excellent creations of tigers, lions, elephant's and other animals. There is also a dinosour section and recreation of a masjid.
One will need about 2 to 3 hours to do justice to the garden that has a fairy tale setting. There is also a castleand a, Oriental palace that can remind you tales from the thousand and one nights.
There also a string of stalls to whet the appetite of the gourmet. However considering the large number of visitors from the sub continent, there is not much choice there.
The lights also recreate a agricultural field as well as a line from the ant worlds. These thrill all visitors. There is also a silhouette of Dubai city with the towering Burj Khalifa ( the tallest tower in the world) hovering over it.
The best part is the live entertainment on a stage in a man made lake with the Oriental palace in the background. Dancers regale the crowd with classical ballet. Girls in shorts will do graceful movements that add to the enchanting atmosphere. The entertainment lasts about 30 minutes and one comes away wanting more dance forms from the girls clad in shorts.
The garden of lights is the latest edition to the entertainment part of Dubai. It's a first in the world and I who have been a globe trotter have seen nothing like it. The entire concept is futuristic. It has special appeal for children, but older people have a lot to which they can relate to.
This garden is another feather in the cap of Dubai. Close to 12 million dollars have been spent on it and I will say it's money well spent. However there is always room for improvement and since the park is open till 11, the public bus service must not end by 10 pm. So many visitors come from Abu Dhabi etc and they find it difficult to get back.