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Food & Drink

Picnic spots in Dubai

Wed, January 11, 2023

From a desert feast with the family to tasty bites in the city centre, roll out your blanket at these picturesque places.

From a desert feast with the family to tasty bites in the city centre, roll out your blanket at these picturesque places.


Al Qudra Lakes


Just a short drive from Dubai's city centre, Al Qudra Lakes are a manmade oasis hidden amid golden sands that are perfect for a private, out-of-town picnic. Unpack your hamper while observing the wildlife – falcons, eagles, ducks, swans and the pastel pink flamingos that gather to fish during the winter. During twilight, watch the native impalas venture to the water’s edge for a drink. Cyclists can also take advantage of the area's cycling track, with road and sand bikes available for rent on-site. Stretching up to 84km, it's the longest designated cycling road in the Middle East.

Al Qudra Lakes
Sights & Attractions

Urban picnic at 3in1

Fancy a picnic by the pool? Vida Downtown's Urban Picnic brunch offers a more upmarket take on outdoor dining, right in the city centre. Walk right into a ready-to-go picnic setting at Vida’s Mediterranean restaurant 3in1, which presents a gourmet twist on lunchtime staples. Fill up your basket with goodies before taking it outside into the sunshine. You can grab a poolside table or cosy up on a private cabana and enjoy fresh oysters, prawns, barbecued steaks, burgers and filled baguettes. Pool access is also included, in case you fancy a lazy paddle in the shallows after lunch.

Food & Drink
  • Vida Downtown Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai

Picnic Pantry brunch at Dubai Festival City

Picnic Pantry brunch at Dubai Festival City

If you're not done with mealtime festivities, the Picnic Pantry brunch by Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City makes for an excellent addition to your weekend checklist. Taking over the hotel's bayside lawns every Saturday afternoon, the picnic-themed fiesta is as upbeat as it is a celebration of scrumptious nibbles. Expect a walk-in pantry, BBQ stations, artisanal bread baskets, a special kids' picnic box – and even a candy floss and popcorn kiosk. While you enjoy the live music and pool access, the little ones won't have a shortage of fun activities to keep them occupied.


Zabeel Park


Zabeel Park is one of Dubai's favourite picnicking spots. Choose your location: the shaded lawn, outdoor seating or the amphitheatre, and while away the day with the family. This incredible park is also home to Dubai Frame, offering visitors splendid views of both old and new Dubai. Little ones can explore three different technology-based zones featuring educational exhibits, hop on a boat ride or visit Dubai Garden Glow – the region's first glowing theme park.


Al Sufouh Beach

Couple strolling in Al Sufouh Beach Dubai

Located between Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab, Al Sufouh Beach is one of the city's quieter and more secluded seaside locales (which is why residents call it 'Secret Beach'). While it is free to visit, there are no public amenities around and barbecues aren't allowed here. Its sandy stretches and resplendent sights, however, make it a lovely spot for laidback picnics. Pack yourself a basket of tasty treats, and head out here for a glorious afternoon by the water. 


Burj Park

Burj Park

Amid sweeping vistas of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall sits a humble respite in the energetic Downtown neighbourhood. Burj Park, a small island with lush lawns, is a charming Dubai destination for a family picnic, with plenty of sun, scenes and space for little ones to run free. Pack a picnic of delicious treats – or collect a multicultural spread from all the restaurants nearby – and cross the bridge from Burj Plaza to find the perfect spot in this vast urban expanse.


The Ripe Market


Dubai's most popular outdoor market pops up every weekend at a range of venues during winter months, with a flagship location at the Police Academy Park. Combine a fun day of shopping for artisanal wares with a picnic on the lawn and in the sunshine. Bring along a basket and top it up with delicious offerings from the nearby food trucks, as well as fresh fruit from the local farmers' stalls. The atmosphere here is always upbeat and friendly, with live music, workshops and activities.


Al Barsha Pond Park

Al Barsha Pond Park Dubai
Al Barsha Pond Park is a pretty escape from the city, located in the heart of the Al Barsha residential community. Thanks to the family-focused facilities, easy parking, washrooms, spacious gardens and of course, the beautiful central pond, this neighbourhood park is a favourite spot for exercising, relaxing and picnicking. Unwind amid the scenic setting with a boat ride too, while the kids take advantage of the colourful playgrounds and cycling areas. At night, the floodlights illuminate the park, making it an ideal environment for a quiet and pleasant evening.

Special picnics

Have a birthday, anniversary or date night coming up and want an experience with a difference? Plan a dreamy picnic that promises to be memorable, with professionals to help you set up. Companies like Pop Up Picnic can arrange a lavish and stunning spread for you, whether it be at a beach, park or your back yard – picture charming table settings, fairy lights, cushioned seating and more in an alfresco space. Or venture further out and delve into an exclusive desert picnic, like those offered by adventure providers Destination Insight. The package includes a thrilling drive into the dunes, where a pretty bell tent, a table laden with gourmet platters and a sunset campfire await.

Destination Insight
  • 107, Block-B, Diamond Business Center, Arjan - Duba
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