Parks and Gardens
One of the many things to do in Dubai is to spend a few hours at one of the many stunning parks and gardens. Seven of the most popular parks and gardens in Dubai are listed below:
1. Jumeirah Beach Park – This park occupies a long, rectangular space along Jumeirah Beach Road. At 30 acres in total size, the park has a beach frontage of more than half a kilometer. It is equipped with all the necessary amenities, including food kiosks, barbecue areas, children’s play areas and volleyball sites making it a popular choice for families. It also has jetty areas with lifeguards on duty.
2. Al-Mazmar Park – This park spans some 262 acres of land in Deira Dubai. It is located about 5 kilometers (3 miles) after the turn off to Hamriya Port. It is one of the most frequented parks in Dubai. Its features include childrens play areas, a swimming pool, food kiosks, barbecue sites, and grassed picnic areas.
3. Mushrif Park – This is a desert-like park spread across 306 acres of land near the Khawaneej suburb in the eastern part of the city. The park is home to the famous Ethiopian hedgehog as well as to many different bird species. Its features include swimming pools, camel and pony rides, play areas for children, and fountain and lakes. The park also features an “International Garden Area,” where miniature houses from different countries are exhibited.
4. Jumeirah Beach Corniche – This park is situated next to the Marine Beach Club, just off the Beach Road. It has about 800 meters (2,625 feet) of beach front. The park’s features include several children’s playing areas, shaded picnic tables, showers, and a shaded swimming area.
5. Zabeel Park – This 126-acre park is another one of the favorites among tourists. It features ponds, lakes, and a clubhouse. It also has sports facilities and jogging track.
6. Creekside Park – This park is located in Bur Dubai, and is one of the largest waterfront parks in the Emirate. The park spans two bridges – the Al-Garhoud Bridge and the Al-Maktium Bridge. It is a big attraction among tourists for its dhow cruises, abra rides, restaurants, amphitheaters, and beaches.
7. Safa Park – This approximately half-mile park runs from Al-Wasi Road to Sheikh Zayed Road. It occupies a 158-acre land some 10 kilometers (6 miles) southwest of Dubai central along Sheikh Zayed Road. The park’s features include running track around the perimeter, areas for playing cricket and a lake where families can spend the day. Paddleboats are available for hire.
All of the parks and gardens in Dubai offers a wide range of recreational activities and can make for a cost effective and enjoyable family day out.