Dubai’s Best Parks
Among the sand and skyscrapers, Dubai is home to a handful of lush gardens and green spaces just waiting to be explored. Bring a picnic, a football, or just your camera as we take a journey through our city’s best parks.
Dubai’s best parks, perfect for picnics and family fun
Our city isn’t just about tall buildings and desert sands – we’ve got plenty of great green oases to take the family for a sunny afternoon.
This year our Emirate's offbeat floral attraction Dubai Miracle Garden unveiled its butterfly park, featuring the world's largest indoor collection of winged beauties. That, combined with an initiative by Dubai Municipality to make more than 12,000 hectares of Dubai landscaped before Expo 2020 has set the city on a mission to go green. Whether you’re planning a barbecue with friends or just looking for a space to relax in the sun, there's a park in Dubai for every occasion.
Best for people (and pet) watching: Burj Park
Nestled right underneath the Burj Khalifa and in close proximity to some of the city's most popular attractions including Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar, Burj Park makes for some serious people and pooch watching. Landscaped with wide footpaths, the area is also one of our city's most pedestrian friendly-spots, so hire one of the bikes at the entrance and cycle through the area and into nearby Old Town (a modern development set out like a traditional town).
Best for families: Zabeel Park
This massive park draws all walks of life due to its central location in Old Dubai. Head here for family-friendly attractions including a bicycle track, a children's ‘edutainment’ centre, a play zone, a lake with boat hire and a small train that circumnavigates the park with happy kids and parents in tow. Whether it's bird-spotting or simply a brisk walk you're after, Zabeel Park caters to all pursuits. Dubai Flea Market is held in a section of the park every first Friday of the month (during the day in winter and at night in summer) and you can pick-up pre-loved goods at bargain prices.
Best for barbecues and picnics: Al Mamzar Park
Set right on the beach, on the border of Dubai and Sharjah, Al Mamzar Park is picturesque and has plenty of barbecues for visitor use, just make sure you get there early to secure one that is shaded. As well as expanses of lush greenery, Al Mamzar also offers private beach huts available for hire and a swimming pool, making it the ideal place for a weekend gathering with your family.
Best for sports: Al Barsha Pond Park
There's no need to break you daily exercise routine while in Dubai. Located just a few blocks from Mall of the Emirates, this suburban park surrounds a large pond, complete with fountains and features a bouncy running track, gym equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, kids' playgrounds, a jumping castle and bikes and karts for hire. It has a nice vibe and exudes a real sense of community – it's not uncommon to see both locals and expats walking, working out and picnicking aside one another. Al Barsha Mall is only five minutes’ walk away, where you can stock up on croissants or baguettes from the French Bakery.
Best for nature-watching: Dubai Butterfly Garden
This year Dubai claimed another world first, with the unveiling of the largest ever indoor butterfly park at Dubai Miracle Garden. Whereas Dubai Miracle Garden is all about oddball floral sculptures and only open during the winter, the climate-controlled butterfly park is open year-round and features nine large domes, each providing a comfortable home to some of the world's most beautiful species of winged creatures as well as a butterfly museum and butterfly flower park.
Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing