Dubai is known for its fast growing skyline, sunny beaches and glamorous shopping malls. Beautifully set amongst these mega structures are tranquil green spaces that complement the urban landscape of the city. Public parks in Dubai are an aesthetic enhancement to the city, otherwise dominated by steel, concrete and glass.
Dubai holds the prestige of owning the maximum number of well organized, unique and diverse parks in the UAE. As residents of Dubai, we all know how these parks enhance our city life. They not only connect us with nature, but also offer us great recreational opportunities that nurture our physical and mental health. The Dubai Municipality is providing free Wifi and charging stations for electronic devices in public parks and beaches as part of the smart city initiative launched by the Government of Dubai. Now you can work from the green surrounds of a park!
If you are exploring weekend escapes with family, Dubai’s parks are not to be missed out. October until May is the ideal time to enjoy parks and picnics in Dubai. As you gear up for the outdoor season ahead, we’ve got you the latest on all the popular parks in Dubai, their timings, entrance fee and the recreational facilities.
Al Mamzar Park
This pristine beach park spread over 100 hectares of land, is a popular weekend getaway for residents of Dubai, as well as Sharjah. The park is a perfect place to enjoy family picnics, barbeques or to simply unwind on the beach. Al Mamzar Park also offers beachfront private chalets and swimming pools for rent. The Chalets have in fact been recently renovated and upgraded by the Dubai Municipality. With Jumeirah Beach Park closing down for the Dubai Canal construction project until the end of 2016, Al Mamzar is the only public park in Dubai offering direct access to the beach.
Location: Mamzar Park is located in the Al Mamzar residential area, north of Al Hamriya port.
Recreation and amenities offered: Play areas for children, picnic and barbecues areas, private chalets, swimming pools, beach umbrellas, showers and changing rooms, park train, bicycle rentals, restaurants and snack corners.
Entrance fee: AED 5 per person or AED 30 per car.
Chalets– Prices vary seasonally. Please call the park for current rates.
Swimming pool – AED 10 per adult and AED 5 per child.
Park timings: 8 am to 11 pm on all days, but may remain open for extended hours during Eid and other public holidays.
Special days: ladies and children only, on all Mondays.
Telephone no: +971 4 296 6201
Al Mushrif Park
Al Mushrif Park is by far the largest park in Dubai, occupying nearly 500 hectares of land. Well, it is almost impossible to walk through the entire park, but thankfully, you are allowed to drive in with your car. This park is an extension of the naturally existing desert forest reserve located in the outskirts of Dubai city. Mushrif Park is best known for the greenery that’s native to this region. The natural flora and tranquil surroundings make it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Mushrif Park is also great place to teach little children about natural, as well as man-made habitats. It has an international village with miniature models of homes from different parts of the world. From windmills of Holland to homes of Arabia, International village has 13 miniature models of homes.
Location: It is located on the Al Awir Road, leading to Al Khawaneej, 9 km after Dubai airport.
Recreation and amenities offered: train rides, camel and pony rides, swimming pool, picnic areas, barbecue areas, kids play areas, International village, playground, and snack corners.
Entrance fee: AED 10 per car.
Swimming pool AED 10 per adult and AED 5 per child.
Park timings: 8 am to 11 pm on all days except Thursdays and Fridays when it is open till 11:30 pm. On public holidays, the park remains open from 8 am until 12 midnight.
Special days: there are no special days for ladies and children.
Telephone no: +971 4 288 3624
Zabeel Park is an iconic park in Dubai. It is well known for the high-technology infrastructure and recreational facilities offered. The park covering over 50 hectares of land is distributed over different plots and interconnected by bridges. The park has several main gates to provide easy access from different roads.
Children love the themed play areas, train rides, artificial lake with wave machines, water cascades, and activities like boating and cycling.
Location: the park is located at the Zabeel square, extending from World Trade Center to Karama.
Recreation and amenities offered: Play areas, barbeque pits, boating, bicycle rental, jogging track around the park, space maze, amphitheater, adventure play areas, cricket field, party halls, restaurants and cafeterias.
Entrance fee: AED 5 per person
Park timings: 8 am – 11 pm on weekdays, and 8 am to 11:30 pm on weekends.
Special days: there are no special days for ladies and children
Telephone no: +971 4 398 6888
Al Safa Park
When Safa Park opened in 1975, it was technically on the outskirts of Dubai. Today, Safa Park is the most centrally located and easily accessible park in Dubai. The lush green landscape, along with breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline, makes it a perfect urban sanctuary for residents and visitors alike.
Safa Park has three beautiful lakes, large woody trees, boating facilities, entertainment arcade for children and picnic areas for families. It is also a great place for bird lovers, especially during the spring. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in 2014. Due to its central location, Safa Park is also a popular place for community events and weekend pop-up markets.
Due to massive construction works as part of the Dubai Canal project, parts of Safa Park will be temporarily closed.
Location: Sheikh Zayed road and Al Wasl Road.
Recreation and amenities offered: Park train, Carousel and entertainment zone, basketball, tennis, volley ball and football fields, bicycle and boat riding, restaurant and snack corners.
Entrance fee: AED 3 per person (above 2 years of age).
Telephone no: +971 4349 2111
Dubai Creek Park
The Dubai Creek Park is a tranquil oasis in the middle of the old city. Nestled along the shores of Dubai creek, this vast breathing space is spread over 95 hectares of land.
The creek park is known for recreational facilities like Dubai Dolphinarium, cable cars, and Children’s City. Although this park is not as dense and woody as the Safa Park, it is still a great place to spot some migrant birds.
Location: Along the Dubai creek, Bur Dubai. Close to Rashid hospital and Dubai courts.
Recreation and amenities offered: Picnic and barbecue areas, children’s play areas, bicycle renting, train ride, cable car ride, Children’s City, Dubai Dolphinarium, cafeteria and snack corner.
Entrance fee: AED 5 per person (above 2 years of age).
Park timings: 8 am to 11 pm on all days.
Telephone no: +971 4 336 7633
Jumeirah Beach Park
Jumeirah Beach Park is a fascinating combination of blue waters, golden sands and green lawns. It has always been a favourite with kids and families in Dubai. Unfortunately, the beach at Jumeirah Beach Park will no longer be accessible to public. From 12th October 2014 onwards, the beach will be closed to public, due to massive infrastructure developments. The beach will remain closed until the end of 2016. However, the park will continue to remain open until December 2014, after which the park may also be temporarily closed.
Location: the park is located on the Jumeira Beach Road, opposite Chilli’s restaurant.
Recreation and amenities offered: access to the beach with lifeguards (currently unavailable), shower and changing areas, kids play areas, picnic tables, barbecue areas, volleyball court and restaurants.
Entrance fee: AED 5 per person or AED 20 per car.
Park timings: 8 am to 10:30 pm
Telephone no: +971 4 349 2555