The UAE is home to numerous gardens and park that are filled to the brim with luscious greenery and fragrant flowers – which is something most travellers do not expect when visiting the hot, desert country.
Ideal for a relaxing day out with family and friends, the following gardens and parks offer locals and travellers alike a quiet sanctuary to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a retreat for the perfect picnic, and the ideal place to spend time outside of your luxurious hotel in Dubai. Where will you go?
Creekside Park, Dubai
On the edge of Dubai Creek, Creekside Park stands out from the rest of the green spaces Dubai has to offer because of its breath-taking views of the creek and the dhows floating in the water. The park is home to acres of lush lawn, botanical gardens, and play areas for the kids, as well as a number of perfect spots for picnics and barbecues. Other facilities the park has to offer include mini-golf and a go-kart track. If you like to go for long walks, Creekside Park has a paved promenade, ideal for a sunset stroll, as well as catering for those who enjoy cycling (you can rent a bicycle nearby). What’s more Creekside Park is home to the Creekside Park Cable Car, giving those who choose to take to the sky (30 metres in the air) views of the city’s modern landscape and its innovative architecture?
Capital Gardens, Abu Dhabi
Located in the middle of the city and surrounded by the city’s towering skyscrapers, Capital Gardens (which is locally known as Asima Gardens) includes a number of little garden coves and gardens with colourful flowers and luscious trees, each housing a small selection of children’s entertainment options, including climbing frames, swings and slides – making it the ideal locations for a day out with family and friends. In the middle of the gardens is a large pond with fountains that put on a splendid show periodically. There are vending machines spread out throughout the park too, so that guests can indulge in a snack, as well as an enclosed cafeteria that provides shade from the sun and refreshments.
Al Mushrif Children’s Garden, Abu Dhabi
The ideal place to take your kids, Al Mushrif Children’s Garden is a fun amusement park kitted out with amusement park rides, swings, and fountains. It’s a leafy and lush retreat located to the south of the city’s Old Airport Road offering visitors and locals alike the perfect place to have a picnic and spend some quality time together. The children’s garden was designed with young visitors in mind and provides them with an entire area dedicated specifically to youngsters. It is a safe and secure environment where parents do not need to worry about their little ones as they explore and play freely.
Saqr Public Park, Ras Al Khaima
The oldest and largest family entertainment park in Ras Al Khaima, Saqr Public Park, includes numerous games, sports, games and three indoor arcades (with air-conditioning), as well as two halls, a private lounge for women only (which includes a prayer area for women), restaurants, pools, and more. The park’s landscape is filled with luscious palm trees, as well as grassy areas with climbing frames and fixed playgrounds for children aged 3 – 6 years old, the artificial lake holds fun water boats (for children ages 4 – 10 years old) and a waterfall. What’s more, there is a revolving train that circles the park (a complete distance of 1560 metres in 10 minutes), giving visitors the chance to see each and every part of the park.
Al Mamzar Beach Park, Dubai
Made up of a string of five sandy sweeps and 106 hectares, Al Mamzar Beach Park is home to five outstretched beaches (with watchtower, lifeguards and changing rooms), a swimming pool, numerous playgrounds and games areas, a chance to take part in water sports with water sport rentals available, barbecue and picnic areas (it’s advisable to bring your own meals and snack as there are a limited amount of food vendors and suppliers), vast areas of greenery (including grassy areas), air-conditioned cabanas that can be rented out for a daily rate and sun loungers and umbrellas available on the park’s golden sand.
Get some fresh air while on holiday by visiting one of the five beautiful parks mentioned above.