Explore the city’s green spaces
Nestled between the ocean and the desert’s edge, Dubai boasts plenty of lush, green parks. 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.
Al Mamzar Park
Set right on the beach by the Dubai-Sharjah border, Al Mamzar Park is a picturesque park. It’s a popular spot for family barbecues, with equipment available for public use – just make sure to get there early, especially on weekends. As well as expanses of greenery, Al Mamzar also offers private beach huts available for hire as well as a swimming pool, making it the ideal place for a day out with your friends.
Located right underneath the Burj Khalifa, and in close proximity to some of the city's most popular attractions including The Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar, Burj Park is one of Dubai's greener enclaves located in the bustling Downtown district. 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.
Mushrif National Park
One of the oldest parks in Dubai, Mushrif Park is situated past City Centre Mirdif on Al Khawaneej road. Originally a forest, the park still has acres of woodland and thousands of trees. The park presents the complete package for families, with an extensive range of restaurants, barbecue areas, pools, playgrounds and a petting zoo, walking and bicycle tracks, camel and horse riding areas and a park theatre. It’s also home to Aventura, which presents tree surfing, zip-lining, rope climbing adventures for the whole family.
A brilliant new addition to the city, Quranic Park offers over 60 hectares of stunning lawns, open areas as well as cultural and educational opportunities. The Glass House is one of the main attractions here, housing 29 different plants and trees for your viewing pleasure. There is also the high-tech Cave of Miracles, which showcases the remarkable events mentioned in the Holy Quran. This park is free to enter and makes for a serene spot to spend the day.
Al Barsha Pond Park
Located just a few blocks from Mall of the Emirates, this suburban park surrounds a large pond, complete with fountains, a bouncy running track, gym equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, kids’ playgrounds, a jumping castle and bikes and karts for hire. It has a jovial vibe and exudes a real sense of community. Al Barsha Mall is only a five-minute walk away, where you can stock up on pastries from French Bakery.
This massive park draws locals and tourists alike due to its central location. Head here for unique attractions such as Dubai Garden Glow – an expansive glow-in-the-dark garden made of millions of energy-saving bulbs – and the statuesque Dubai Frame, that presents the perfect selfie backdrop. It also features a children's ‘edutainment’ centre, play zones, boat rides along its lake and a small train that circumnavigates the park with happy kids and parents in tow. Whether it's bird-spotting or something more exciting,Zabeel Park caters to all pursuits.