There is a lot more to Dubai than skyscrapers and mega-malls
There is a lot more to Dubai than skyscrapers and mega-malls. More specifically, there is a number of lush parks, perfect for family outings and friend gatherings. Here is a list of the 8 most beautiful public parks everyone should visit if they haven’t already:
Creekside Park, Bur Dubai
Dubai Creek Park is one of the oldest parks in Dubai and located in the heart of the old city. It seems to be very popular among families. The park enjoys the cool breeze from the Creek and has barbecue areas, children’s play areas dotted throughout the park and is home to the Children City Centre and the Dubai Dolphinarium.
Al Wasl Park
If you like a bit of turf under foot while running, walking or just chilling, Al Wasl Park is ideal for you; a small family park with children’s play areas and plenty of shaded seating off Al Wasl Road.
Safa Park, Sheikh Zayed Road
Created in 1975, Safa Park is a massive urban park on Al Wasl road. There are many facilities available, including BBQ areas and kids’ playgrounds. Perfect for a family afternoon.
Zabeel Park, Sheikh Zayed Road
One of the largest parks in the city, Zaabeel Park is located between Karama and the Za’abeel area. The park gets very busy on weekends, especially during the milder weather period. It is home to a number of seasonal activities like flea markets and art fairs. It is also buzzing with families and children in the afternoon, especially around the designated barbecue areas. The kids love the StarGate entertainment zone and the adventure playgrounds of the area.
Al Mamzar Beach Park, Deira
One of the last remaining gated beach parks in Dubai, the Mamzar Park, occupies a massive space and has acres of open grassland and is attached to a number of beaches. Perfect for large groups and families who enjoy the outdoors, it has many useful facilities like cafes, grocery stores, wash areas and changing rooms. The park offers an amazing view over the Sharjah Lagoons.
Mushrif Park, Al Khawanij
The park has acres of woodland and is surrounded by many mesmerizing monuments. There is a small zoo with goats, offering camel or pony rides, train rides, even a swimming pool! The Red Indian Teepee House is definitely worth a visit. You will also find a number of barbecue spots, ideal for those weekend family lunches.
Jumeirah Lake Towers Park
Residents of JLT no longer need to venture to other communities to feel the grass beneath their feet, as the Jumeirah Lake Towers Park provides welcome green space to the surrounding community. Plus, there are playgrounds that will keep your toddlers happy.
Al Barsha Pond Park, Al Barsha 2.
One of Dubai’s newest parks and part of Dubai Pond Parks project, the Al Barsha Pond Park is extremely popular among the city’s residents, especially because of its giant ponds that have walking and running tracks around them; perfect for exercising. The park is also suitable for cycling enthusiasts and offers a number of playgrounds for kids, tennis courts, football pitches and fitness machines.
Stay tuned – a glimpse around Abu Dhabi’s most beautiful parks coming soon!