The Best Parks in Dubai in 2016

Dubai is home to numerous parks of all shapes and sizes, contrary to the popular misconception that it is an urban oasis in the middle of desert. Dubai Municipality has invested significant resources to provide green spaces, which both residents and tourists can enjoy. The Dubai Canal project has impacted several of these while construction is underway, so we’ve rounded up our favourites for this year:

Zabeel Park

Now the home of the weekly Ripe Market every Friday morning, this is a reason in itself to visit! One of the biggest parks in Dubai, located between Dubai World Trade Centre, Zaabeel and Karama, it is also the first park in Dubai to offer free Wi-Fi. There is plenty of parking (although get there early on a Friday morning while the market is on, or risk parking in the sand) and entrance is AED 5. There is a children’s amusement complex and edutainment centre, adventure playground and many play areas, mini-golf, skateboard park, BMX track, mega-bowl, mini cricket pitch, a faux ice rink for skating, a lake with boating, and a jogging track around the perimeter. There are cafes as well as covered BBQ and picnic areas.

Mushrif Park

This park is so big, you actually drive through it. Located near Mirdif, Mushrif Park was created as an international village in 1980, and the park has retained 13 houses representing housing models from different parts of the world. Since it was originally a forest, it has acres of woodland. There is camel riding and horse riding (experienced riders can go for hacks through the forest and desert from the riding stables located within the park). There is also a large aviary, petting zoo and separate 25m men’s and women’s swimming pools, in addition to the basketball courts, play areas, walking and bike tracks, BBQ & picnic areas, restaurants, theatre and train ride. Entry is charged at AED3 per person, AED 10 per car.

Creekside Park

Located along the banks of Dubai Creek between Al Garhoud and Al Maktoum Bridges on the Bur Dubai side, this park is one of the oldest and most popular. The second largest park in Dubai, it can be accessed on foot, by car, boat, and there’s even a helicopter landing pad! Some of the more popular attractions here include Dubai Dolphinarium, Children’s City (with a large focus on science) and the Planetarium, as well as mazes, a nature trail, the miniature train, and not forgetting the iconic cable car along the creek. There are cafes, BBQ areas and food stalls, and bikes are available for hire. Entrance is charged at AED 5 per person.

Al Mamzar Beach Park

If it’s not just green space you’re looking for, but fancy some white sands and blue seas, check out Al Mamzar Beach Park. This is rated as one of the best beach parks in Dubai with a huge area of greenery, five landscaped beaches, open grassland, and a great outdoor pool. Other facilities include small grocery stores and cafes (these are limited so best to bring a picnic), children’s play areas, bikes for hire, football and volleyball pitches, water sports rentals, barbeques, and changing rooms. Entry fee is AED 5 per individual and there are even air-conditioned cabanas that can be rented for the day. Mondays and Wednesdays are for women and children only.

Barsha Park

Barsha Park, or Barsha Pond Park, is built around a man-made lake behind Mall of the Emirates. A small park, it has a walking and running track round the lake, which is used by many running and fitness clubs, as well as families. It also offers bicycle and gokart hire, football pitches, fitness equipment and playgrounds as well as tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, and a few food kiosks. Entrance is free.

With all of these wonderful spaces available across Dubai there really is no excuse not to get out there and make the most of the weather – just don’t forget your trainers or rollerblades!!

Have fun!

Sam

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