Here's some of the best parks in Dubai to take a walk in, have a picnic and go boating.
Words by Aneesha Rai in The Lifestyle · Aug. 16th, 2018
Granted, not all of us in the UAE are privileged to be within a particularly green community like Al Barari. However, there are some parks within and near certain neighbourhoods in Dubai that are worth having a look at for your next family picnic or barbeque:
1. Creek Park
One of the oldest parks in Dubai, Creek Park near Dubai Healthcare City is a significant part of many of those who grew up in the area. At this park, you can find bicycles for rent, a dolphinarium, a theater, several restaurants and cafeterias and even designated barbecue pits for you to use during the cooler winter months. The entire area is people of determination accessible too, which is a huge plus. The dolphinarium receives several visitors daily and is an excellent source of entertainment for children. Kids between 2 and 15 years old can also take advantage of 'Children's City' - an interactive academic experience where they can explore, play and discover. Entrance fees are AED 5 per head.
2. Zabeel Park
Possibly one of the hugest parks in Dubai, Zabeel Park is complete with many educational facilities for children. There's 'Dubai Garden Glow' - a glow garden that's charming to visit at night. They also have a small dinosaur attraction, making you feel like the scene is set from Jurassic Park. Like most major parks, it also has lovely barbecue facilities scattered around the park. There are three zones there for entertainment - the Alternative Energy Zone, Communications Zone and the Techno Zone. They are all technology-based, featuring educational and interactive exhibits.
This market is also home to 'Ripe' during the cooler months, a charming farmer's market. You can also choose to go boating here.
3. Jlt Park
A firm favourite amongst its residents, this park is very dog-friendly, as long as you clean up after your pup. Walk around the area, and you'll see several people getting their daily dose of exercise. There are some machines here which are free to use, as well as a jogging track. You will also see many bootcamps and yoga classes in session. There are also basketball courts attached that's nearly always busy in the early mornings and evenings. There are playgrounds and a little sandpit for kids as well. During the winter months, they often have bazaars and festivals in this area.
4. Barsha Pond Park
Barsha Pond Park is also another favourite destination amongst the members of the community. In the middle, there is an artificial pond where you can go boating. Barsha Pond Park is also home to the occasional farmers market, lovely little book bazaars in addition to thrift sales. There's a cycling and jogging park, along with a cycling track. It also has basketball courts.
5. Burj Park
Located next to the iconic Burj Khalifa, this park is one of the smaller ones on the list. But that doesn't stop it from being host of the food truck festival every year! This dog-friendly park is also dearly loved by the Downtown Dubai community. There are various community events that happen here throughout the year.