Best Parks in Dubai for a Family Day Out

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There are numerous parks in Dubai that let you escape the heat and the fast moving life of Dubai. From one end to the other, stretching from Mamzar to Jebel Ali, you will find at least one park to hang out and have fun with your family and kids.

Here is a list of all the major parks in Dubai.

Mushrif Park

This is of the oldest parks in Dubai. Opened back in 1074, this is also the largest park in Dubai by area. Rather than a picnic park, Mushrif is a place where you can go to enjoy the greenery, the natural vegetation, and streams that are not very common in the desert. The Mushrif park is more of a natural reserve than a picnic park.

Thanks to its large area, there are 70000 trees in it, 5-kilometer cycling and jogging tracks, a swimming pool half the size of an Olympic swimming pool, many basketball courts, and football grounds. There are roads that run through the park. How in the world are we gonna get from one place to another in this incredibly huge park?

Located amidst a forest of ghaf trees, the Aventura adventure park is an extension of the Mushrif park. It is among a handful of outdoor adventure parks in Dubai. Choose anything from eighty-five different challenges to satiate the craving for adrenaline. Tickets for the adventure park are different from the park entree fee, though.

Apart from all these, you can go for a bit more relaxed activities like horse riding, camel riding, or even get on a train that will take you around the park. And after the toy train ride, go see the real train. Yep, you have heard it right. The last surviving member of the fleet of trains that were used in the building of Port Rashid rests near the children’s play park in the Mushrif park. You can see the blue wagon and see the rusted engine. Use the ramp if you want to get inside the driver’s cabin. If you wonder when was there ever a railway in Dubai, that’s a story for another time.

Although not strictly a picnic park, there are designated places for barbecue and a children’s playground and a smurfs village here.

Quranic Park

This is a recent park in Dubai. The one that retells about the stories narrated in the Quran and showcases the plants mentioned in the Quran. This is also a relatively large park. But the highlight of this one is not the park itself. 

The greenhouse and the garden in the Quranic park grow the plants that are mentioned in the Quran with information about each of them. The plants that need special environments are grown inside the climate-controlled greenhouse. 

As a metaphor for the slitting of the sea by Moses, the lake inside the park has a walkway in the middle. Right in the center, in both halves of the lake, there are fountains that shoot water about ten meters into the air. If its windy and you are walking through the walkway in between the lake, there is a high chance that you will get wet. 

Safa Park

This one was opened a year after the Mushrif park in 1975. Safa is one huge park located near the main business centers in Dubai. Although the park is smaller than it once was because it has lost some of its area for the construction of the Dubai water canal, it still has its place among the largest parks in Dubai.

Safa Park is just off the Sheikh Zayed Road, the main artery that connects Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It has a nice view of the water canal. If that’s not enough, there is a large lake inside the park as well. Safa Park is beautiful with its landscaping, trees, birds, and the lake. If you towards the southern sky, you can see the towering Burj Khalifa over the cityscape. 

If you want to have your barbecue in the middle of an opulent city, you should go to Safa park.

There are so many running tracks longer than the one in Safa park. But what draws the joggers to the 3.5 kilometers long running track around is the stunning view and the proximity to residential centers. Before being moved to Zabeel Park, the Dubai flea market was in Safa park. All these reasons make it the most popular park in the city.

Entree fee – 3 Dhs

Sun-Wed 8am-10pm; Thu-Sat 8am-11pm

Mamzar Beach Park

A park that not many tourists know about. The park is enormous and covers 106 hectares.

Most of those who visit Mamzar is the ex-pat residents of Dubai and also Sharjah because the park is located just outside the border Sharjah share with Dubai. The park is at the mouth of Khor al Mamzar, which is a small lagoon that connects with the Arabian gulf.

Also, look for the amphitheater. Something worth watching might be going on there in the winter months. Because of its size, you might need a bike to see around the park. Even if you don’t have one for your own, you can rent a cabin or a bike from the kiosks in the park.

There is a picnic area with grass lawns, barbecue stands, and benches. There are a dozen barbecue stands, so don’t worry about not getting one for you. Some of the park benches are smart benches that have built-in solar panels in them that charge up their batteries during the daytime.

With the view of the lagoon on one side and the beach on the other, Mamzar park is a rarity. Although the Mamzar beach is a public beach that is free for all, entrance to the park requires a ticket.

And if you are into skating, there is a concrete skating half pipe to try some kickflips and ollies. 

Al Barsha Pond Park

A small yet beautiful park. As the name implies, there is an artificial lake here. It’s not as large as the one in the Safa park, but still worth having. Covering the entire perimeter of the pond is a 1.5 kilometer long cushioned track. Jogging around the lake amidst the greenery is a great way to start the day.

There is an open gym area with some basic equipment, a bicycle rental, basketball court, tennis courts, football grounds, children’s play area with a bouncy castle, and picnicking facility. So, for those who are living in the urban areas of Dubai, Al Barsha pond park is a great place to relax in the greenery and also get in shape with all the facilities for exercising and sports. The entree to the park is free.

Creek Park

Creek park stretches from the garhoud bridge to the floating bridge. Two bridges that connect deira and bur dubai across the creek. This is the main and largest park in old Dubai. On the opposite side of the creek park, there is the Dubai Creek golf course as its sister. 

The main highlight of the creek park is the unbeatable view of the creek. The park is away from the markets and other busy parts of the city. Residents of the old Dubai frequent this park on their weekends for picnicking and barbecuing. Other attractions inside the park, like the Dubai dolphinarium and bird park, al boom tourist village, are a big draw for the tourists.

There are even a mini-golf course and a small go-kart track. Although there is no cushioned jogging track, there is the paved walkway that runs along the creek. You can jog there if you don’t mind the hard concrete.

Zabeel Park

Another one of those huge parks in Dubai. A slew of things makes the Zabeel park the most visited park in Dubai. It is located near to the major centers of the city and is just off the Sheikh Zayed road. In fact, the freeway cuts through right in the middle of the park. Connecting both the park is a kilometer long footbridge.

On the northern side of the park is where the famous and more recent landmark of Dubai, the Dubai frame is. In recent years, it has also become a modern, technology-driven recreation center. An outstanding specimen of integrating technology with nature. 

The park is huge with two jogging track, which runs along the perimeter of either section of the park, with football and cricket grounds that can be booked at the spot, barbecue areas, fitness centers, prayer halls, numerous washrooms, etc. The park serves those who want to have a family gathering. Washrooms are easily accessible, there is enough space for children to run around, and they can easily find a private space. 

Dubai garden glow and Mega bowl are easily accessible from the park. The Dubai flea market, which was moved from the Safa park is hosted every year in the Zabeel park during the winter months. To access the Dubai frame, you have to go through the park. There is a small restaurant at the base of the frame. You can pay with your nol card to enter the park. If you do not have a nol card, you can purchase one at the entrance. The entrance to the frame is with a separate ticket.

Rashidiya Park

Situated close to Rashidiya metro station, this park has been along for a long time. And it shows. Despite that this is a great place to spend the evening with family. A lot of people come here to use the barbecue facility in the park. 

Ten years ago, the park was larger than its present size. It lost some of its area for the development of the Dubai metro. The park sits close to the southern end of Duba international airport. 

Surrounding the park are clusters of upscale residential districts. Because it sits in the midst of villas away from busy streets, the usual visitors to this park are families. The children’s play area in the park has layered sand for safety and offers quite many options for young kids.

You can easily visit this park even if you live a little bit far away from it. The park is only a few minute’s walk away from Rashidiya metro station, which is on the Dubai Metro Red Line. The entree to the park is free as well. But keep in mind that Wednesdays and Saturdays are only for ladies and kids. 

Satwa Park

This park is located in a relatively busier and crammed part of Dubai called Satwa. The park is in a prime location next to the Sheikh Zayed road behind Al Moosa towers and has green grass covering it everywhere. You will find plenty of shades here. The Central Plaza inside the park is covered in palm trees and has a fountain. This spot is where you will find most people relaxing in the evening. It is such a great ambiance here.

Apart from the spots for relaxing and enjoying the greenery, there are separate fenced areas for football, basketball, tennis, and volleyball. The football ground here can accommodate elevens teams and can be rented on an hourly basis. There is a rubberized jogging track along the perimeter of the park. That’s a lot for anyone looking for some physical activity.

If you are here on a weekday, it won’t be uncommon to see a bunch of school kids in the park. There are quite a few schools in the area around the park. Excursions to the Satwa park is therefore common. It also helps that there is a large playground designed for the kids and a Sun Clock that tells the time the old fashioned way.

Satwa Park is a relatively large park. And have separate game areas for people of all ages. The park is a great escaped from the busy neighborhood of Satwa to enjoy a quiet evening under the trees. The entry to the park is free.

Working Hours: 8:00am to 11pm; Thu, Fri – 8:00am to 11:30pm

Umm Sequim Park

The main highlight of this park is its location in Jumeirah, next to the famous wave-shaped Jumeirah beach hotel. The park is also close to the Jumeriah beach and gives excellent views of the beach, Jumeirah beach hotel, and Burj Al Arab. 

Jumeirah is a modern part of Dubai with a lot many tourist attractions and upscale facilities. It is also a busy place. Umm Sequim park is a calm and green place for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city with family. The main focus of the park is also the families that live around the area.

Only women and children are allowed in the park during weekdays. And on weekdays, men can only visit the park with their families. Besides the fact that it is easy to just go to Jumeirah beach from the park, the park itself provides a small beach inside its compound. 

The park is suitable for spending a few hours with its play areas and small cafes. The beach from the park leads to Burj al Arab. The park meets high standards in its facilities despite its small size. There are jogging tracks and toilets for comfort. 

But if you are here for a weekend trip, you should be prepared to spend some time looking for the parking space as both Umm Suqeim park and Jumeirah beach will be crowded.

Al Ittihad Park

This is the park we always wanted. Located on Palm Island, the park is special for a few reasons. This one was opened as a part of the UAEs national day celebrations in 2012. And also, it is right in the middle of the Palm’s trunk. The palm monorail has its rail passing through the park, and you can see them passing by in every five minutes intervals.

The word ‘Ithihad’ is an Arabic word for unity. Exactly the name that immortalizes the memories of the unification of the country on a national day. Most of those who frequent this place are the residents of the luxury apartments nearby the park.

The park is vast and is spread across an area of 1.1 million square feet and has a 3.2 kilometers jogging track lined by long stretches of palm trees and green grass. Unlike most parks, the Ittihad parks are a long but relatively narrow park. This is because of the shape of the land in which it is located. 

The park has a wide variety of plants found in the region, from desert to mountain and valleys. Because each of them is labeled against their details, you can learn more about them. This is a good place for those who love nature and like to learn about it. 

Al Khazzan Park

This park was renovated and expanded in 2015 to reflect the development of other attractions in the vicinity. Al Khazzan park is on the opposite side of the City Walk, a recent entertainment and shopping destination by Meraas. Today, Al Khazzan park is among the most technologically savvy spaces in the city.  

As parts of Safa park were taken by the Dubai water canal, the development of Al Khazzan was great news for the residents. The park gained popularity during the time when the Safa park was closed for the construction of the water canal. 

Now, the park uses the electricity generated from the solar panels fitted in the park itself. There is a water tank that soars 40 meters into the sky. This water tank had been a landmark of this place in the past decades before the taller skyscrapers conquered the skyline. It was built back in the 1980s.

After the revamp, there are a lot more Instagram-able spots in the park. This park also has play areas and shaded pavilions for just chilling.  


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