One of the fastest-growing developments in Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Island recently inaugurated its new recreational space. Officially known as Reem Central Park, the one million square foot park is developed by Aldar Properties as part of its social responsibilities program.
With a skating arena, community lawn, playground, city beach, and canal walk, Al Reem Central Park Abu Dhabi is designed to be the ultimate getaway for residents and visitors alike. In terms of entry fees, Al Reem Island park is also one of the free public parks in Abu Dhabi, so it’s a great budget friendly recreational spot. On that note, here is a rundown of the top things to do in Reem Central Park.
Stunning Art Work
First impressions? It is stunning. This is thanks to the gorgeous artwork, colourful flooring and incredible motifs courtesy of Aldar Properties who partnered with Abu Dhabi Art 2019 and commissioned locally based artists to create a range of unique permanent pieces throughout the park. If you are an art lover, keep a lookout for site-specific pieces and artwork on the staircase, playground and walls.
Recreational Activities in Reem Central Park
Al Reem Central Park features a variety of recreational areas for adults and kids alike. In addition to the canal that runs along the whole park, there is a playground for kids and several sports courts. A family favourite, this area also offers a mix of sporting facilities including basketball and football courts. There is also a shaded playground with slides. Additionally, this area also has some fountains and other water features to keep kids entertained.
If you enjoy a leisurely stroll around a park, Reem Central Park has you covered. You can explore the lanes near the Canal Walk — an open area with a large natural lawn, stunningly designed doors and an artificial canal that runs on either side.
Reem Central Skate Park
The Reem Island skate park is located in the middle of two bridges at the centre of the park. Also featuring artificial lawns, this area has several obstacles suitable for roller skates and scooters. So, it’s a great place to stop by whether you are a pro skater or are just learning the ropes.
Restaurants in Al Reem Island
Al Reem Island Park features several restaurants and a fleet of food trucks. Offering a range of cuisines, eateries like these are located right at the centre of the park with seating areas nearby.
Popular food trucks and restaurants near Al Reem Central Park include the following:
800 Degrees Pizzeria
Pizzas are a great budget-friendly option for large families with kids. If you too have a large family to feed, head to 800 Degrees Pizzeria.
Specialising in Neapolitan or Naples style pizzas, this food outlet allows patrons to customize their own pizzas by presenting them with an impressive range of add-ons from beef carpaccio to veggie options like broccoli and pine nuts. Of course, if you would rather not deal with the hassle, you can always opt for their specialty pizzas like Paneer Tikka or a Frutti De Mare with toppings like squid, mussels, and prawns.
Looking for an eatery that is a hit with locals? Try Cupagahwa, a popular café chain with “Lite Bites” like Shazinga Slider, shawarma fries, dynamite shrimp and croissants. To wash it all down, choose from their signature beverages like the Cupagahwa, Spanish Affogato or a colourful Frapa Unicorn.
To sweeten your experience, get some ice cream or sorbets from Jelly Belly. Offering around 50 flavours of ice cream and sorbets, this place should be your last stop after a day of fun at Reem Central Park.
From succulent appetisers like crispy fried calamari and prawn Kunafa to signature mains like Paella and lobster quesadillas, Urban Seafood is great for visitors who love seafood. This place also has kid-friendly items like traditional fish and chips.
For fast food lovers, there is Snatch, a food truck that specialises in American fusion food. Menu items here include everything from truffle burger sliders to an assortment of cheeseburgers. In terms of beverages, try their Daikiri — a refreshing mocktail including lemon juice, fruit puree, almond syrup and a choice of blueberry or strawberry syrup.
Taqado Mexican Kitchen
Make your own taco at the Taqado Mexican Kitchen with ingredients like grilled grass-fed chicken, pulled barbecue beef and more. Ordering for kids? Choose any item from their Mini Luchadores menu like a Kids Combo to get a serving of churros and horchata.
The Beach Walk
The Beach Walk which has a sandy area near the waters is a great place whether you want to walk along the beach, watch kids build sand castles or just rest and gaze at the mangroves nearby.
There is also a beach volleyball set up here where you can watch people playing the sport all afternoon long or join in on the action yourself.
Other amenities include wheelchair and stroller friendly paths, urban style furniture to rest tired feet, and several shaded areas. Asides from that, there is a retail centre and a mosque that has room to accommodate up to 2000 people.
Additionally, the park is also known to host outdoor shows and television programs. For a better experience, we recommend going during the evenings; that’s when the laser light show starts at the fountain. Also, there is no Reem Central Park entrance fee — one of the many reasons why the place is so popular with residents and visitors alike.
That’s all for our review of activities in Al Reem Island Park. For more family-friendly recreational spaces in Abu Dhabi, take a look at our review of Umm Al Emarat Park and check out our list of the best public parks in Abu Dhabi. Looking for more tourist-friendly attractions? Check out our review of Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi.