The weather is finally cooling down and the holiday season is fast approaching! Gather the family, grab the barbecues and head into the splendid outdoors. Parks in Dubai are truly an underrated treasure. These verdant green escapes are packed with family-friendly activities and facilities. Whether it’s to soak in the beautiful scenery, break out the barbecue or spend a day out with the family, parks in Dubai are a fun, affordable option for residents. Read on to discover the best parks in Dubai that every resident has to visit at least once!
8 Best parks In Dubai you must visit
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Say hello to one of Dubai’s hidden gems. Al Mamzar Beach Park is truly one of the parks in Dubai that has it all. Spread across 99 hectares, Al Mamzar Beach Park has both a gorgeous park and sparkling beach. This park is located at Khor Al Mamzar near Sharjah and is so massive, you can drive your car in, too! There’s no end to the activities at Al Mamzar Beach Park. You’ll find four pristine beaches, a huge landscaped lawn, an amphitheatre and sports facilities for basketball, volleyball and football.
Al Mamzar Beach Park also features on Bayut's list of the best parks in Dubai for barbecues – there are around 28 barbecue spots that come with grills, tables and chairs! There are cafes, kiosks and grocery stores dotted around the park, too. Going with a large group? You can rent a beach cabin, and lounge by blue waters. Al Mamzar Beach Park also recently made the headlines for being Dubai’s latest smart park. Expect smart bands to keep track of the kids, smart benches that will charge your phone and completely disabled-friendly park, amongst other changes. This park may be out of the way for some Dubai residents, but the trip there is so worth it!
- Ideal for residents living in the neighbourhood of Al Mamzar
- Location: Al Khaleej Street, Al Mamzar
- Al Mamzar Beach Park Timings: Sunday to Wednesday: 8am – 10pm; Thursday to Saturday: 8am - 11pm
- Tickets: AED 5 per person, AED 30 per car (kids under two years and people of determination have free entry)
Looking for something more central? Try Zabeel Park, which is nestled in the heart of Dubai. It’s situated between Karama and Zabeel areas and is split into two halves by Sheikh Zayed Road. Yet, this park in Dubai sprawls across an area that is the equivalent of 45 football pitches. In addition to lush green spaces and palm tree-lined walkways, there’s a boating lake, a skate park, play areas, an amphitheatre and a cricket ground to boot! If you’re searching for parks in Dubai for picnics, look no further. There’s plenty of covered space here to spend a lazy afternoon, as well as dedicated barbecue areas.
Zabeel Park will catch visitors’ eye as the Gulf’s first technology-themed park. Stroll around and you’ll come across the three zones – Communications, Techno and Alternative Energy – with some cool interactive displays. Zabeel Park is just a stone’s throw away from many of city’s iconic attractions. Look up and you’ll spot the Dubai Frame looming nearby, while Dubai Garden Glow sits on the edge of the park. We think this is one of the best parks in Dubai for an impromptu day out with the family. Mind, it does get quite packed on weekends, but it’s worth braving the crowds.
Long-time residents of Dubai will remember this park in fondness. Safa Park opened its gates in 1975 – and still remains popular with the residents of neighbouring areas of Jumeirah. This serene park in Dubai is a tranquil escape in the middle of the city. It boasts beautiful lawns, several play areas and barbecues areas that is still frequented by families. It’s also a great spot to take in splendid views of the Dubai Water Canal that runs beside the park. Expect to find plenty of Dubai’s running and walking community here, making use of the 3.5-kilometre running track that snakes around the park. There’s also a separate ladies’ garden within the park where mothers can relax while children run about.
When it comes to public parks in Dubai, Mushrif Park dominates in size and age. Located on Al Khawaneej Road past the Mirdif area, Mushrif Park even houses a 35,000 sqm Ghaf forest. This isn’t your typical stroll-on-foot park; you’ll have to drive your car inside Mushrif Park. And true to its size, Mushrif Park has plenty of things to do for families. You’ll easily find your barbecue areas, play areas, sports courts, swimming pools and jogging and cycling tracks. But Mushrif Park also boasts an equestrian centre, an astronomy centre and an interesting World Village featuring 13 models of traditional houses from around the world. Keep an eye out for Aventura Parks, an outdoor experience that’s popular with families. With more than 85 challenges, this outdoor activity in Mushrif Park offers zip lining and rope course circuits in the middle of the Ghaf forest!
Dubai Creek Park
Want to experience Old Dubai in a different way? Dubai Creek Park has its own cable car that runs 2.3 km down the park and boasts gorgeous views of the Old Dubai skyline. And that’s not all Dubai Creek Park has to offer. This waterside space is one of the most well-known parks in Dubai to visit – and the second largest in size, too.
Conveniently located between Garhoud and Maktoum bridges, Dubai Creek Park is also home to Dubai Dolphinarium, where kids can enjoy sleek dolphins and seals perform fun tricks.
The indoor edutainment centre, Children’s City, is another great alternative for the little ones. Try your hand at the mini-golf course – and let the kids race around in the go-kart track. But if you just want a typical day at the park, there’s plenty for that too. Sprawling grassy lawns, charming gardens, dedicated barbecue areas, children’s play areas and a paved promenade make up this massive park.
- Ideal for residents of Deira
- Location: Umm Hurair 2
- Dubai Creek Park Timings: Sunday to Wednesday: 8am – 10pm; Thursday to Saturday: 8am - 11pm
- Dubai Dolphinarium timings: Dolphin and Seal Show timings - 11am, 2pm and at 6pm
- Entry Tickets for Creek Park: AED 5 per person
- Tickets for Dubai Dolphinarium: AED 105 for adult and AED 50 for a child. (Not inclusive of Creek Park entry fee)
- Dubai Dolphinarium: 800 DOLPHIN (3657446) / +97143369773 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Umm Suqeim Park
Umm Suqeim Park is a small green haven in the midst of the city. Just across from the public beach, this small park admits only ladies and children on weekdays, while men are allowed with families on weekends. This ladies only park in Dubai is more centred around younger children, with plenty of play areas and activities for them. Ladies can also get in shape on the jogging track and refuel at the small café in the park. Umm Suqeim Park is next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and has the Burj Al Arab in the backdrop. With such lovely views, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better park in Dubai to visit for a few hours in the morning.
Al Barsha Pond Park
This may be one the smaller parks in the city, but Al Barsha Pond Park is one of the best free parks in Dubai, that packs a whole lot of activities in the middle of Al Barsha. Let the kids roam around 50 acres of lush greenery built around a man-made lake. It’s also perfect for the fitness enthusiast, with basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, along with football pitches, that can be booked onsite! And if visitors still have energy left, they can hit the jogging and cycling track that runs around the lake. Bring the family here, and let the kids go wild in the play areas and bouncy castles. While barbecues aren’t allowed in this park, we think it’s a great option for a picnic in good weather.
- Perfect for the residents living in the Al Barsha neighbourhood
- Location: Next to Barsha Mall, Al Barsha 2
- Al Barsha Pond Park Timings: Saturday to Wednesday: 8am - 10pm
- Tickets: Free Entry
Burj Park sits at the base of Burj Khalifa in the famous Downtown Dubai – and isn’t your typical Dubai Park. It’s quite small for starters, but this park makes it up with its incredible views. The Burj Park overlooks the Dubai Fountains and is an excellent spot to catch the nightly light and water show. It also boasts uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa, so visitors taking a stroll down the verdant green strip will enjoy some gorgeous scenery. There are restaurants and cafes around the park and more in Emaar Boulevard. Kids will be occupied in the play areas while the adults can relax off at the ample seating areas.
Pet owners in the city will be delighted, as Burj Park made Bayut's list of pet-friendly parks in Dubai! Bring your pooch here to run around and enjoy the fresh air! As Burj Park is one of the few parks in Dubai that allow dogs, it’s a worthy addition to the list.
- Ideal for tenants of the apartments in Downtown Dubai
- Location: Behind Burj Residences, Downtown Dubai
- Burj Park Timings: Open 24 hours
- Tickets: Free Entry
HANDY TIPS WHEN PLANNING A TRIP TO THE PUBLIC PARKS IN dubai
- At the Public parks in Dubai, children under 2 years and people of determination are given free entry
- Most of the public parks in Dubai are designed with people of determination in mind, so everyone can enjoy these beautiful spaces in the city!
- Pets are not allowed in the public parks in Dubai unless stated otherwise
- Public parks in Dubai are open from 8am to 10pm from Sunday to Wednesday, and 8am to 11pm from Thursday to Friday. The timings for public parks in Dubai during public holidays is also 8am to 11pm
- Camping is not allowed in Dubai's public parks
- Prices and timings of these parks in Dubai can be subject to change during Ramadan or other public holidays. Make sure to contact the park if you are making a visit during these times
- For any queries regarding timings and prices of these parks, you can contact the Dubai Municipality on 800900
And that rounds up Bayut’s guide to the best parks in Dubai to visit with the family! Let us know in the comments below, which park will you be visiting next.
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