Greenery and Dubai – does it sound odd? We admit that Dubai represents a series of very swanky tourist attractions like beguiling skyscrapers, awe-inspiring architecture and massive shopping malls but there’s a pristine and calming “green” side of the city unknown to many.
To ignite your interest more, here comes our guide for the 9 stunning parks and gardens in Dubai. If you are a green-lover, read the article to find out where to find glistening greenery in and around the city.
1. Zabeel Park
Zabeel Park, situated right in the centre of the city, is a personal favourite of locals as well as tourists. This park spreads over an area of 51 hectares, and is a wonderful weekend destination for local families.
There are plenty of sections in the park to keep people of all ages entertained and high on energy. Local people come for morning or evening walks, while in winters this park is hugely visited by families for picnics.
- There is a small Dinosaur Park where life-sized dinosaur models are showcased. This part of the park is particularly popular among the kids.
- The Glow Garden in situated to the southern part of the park. It gets lit up with millions of twinkling fairy lights after the sun goes down.
- The chief attraction for the tourists is the Dubai Frame. You will be taken up to a height of 150 metres. You can enjoy the panoramic view of Dubai and its passage of evolution through a picture frame shaped window.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Zabeel Area, Dubai
Sunday to Wednesday – 8:00 am to 10:00 pm | Thursday to Saturday – 8:00 am to 11:00 pm | Any public holidays – 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
Entry fee to the Zabeel Park costs AED 5.
2. Safa Park
Welcome to one of the oldest parks in the city! Built around 1975, the Safa Park was supposedly built outside the city limits. But, over the years, urbanization has spread its wings and the park is now within the limits of the city.
This park has raised the bar for sports enthusiasts living in the city. There are dedicated areas for volleyball, tennis, and basketball as well as varied length track for runners. Are your sports shoes adorned with a layer of dust? Then it is high time you dust them off and get to the fields back.
- The next-generation sports infrastructure in the park pulls people magnetically.
- At the centre of the park, there is a man-made lake. The boating facilities in the lake are the centre of attraction for people of all ages.
- The green grass covering the park encourages bundles of picnic-lovers, especially during the winter season.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Safa, Dubai
8:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday.
You need to pay a nominal fee of AED 3 per person.
3. Creek Park
Is your social media reach going down the slope? Then get yourself some perfect photograph with an equally perfect green backdrop and upload it to attract tons of attention. All you have to do is to head for the Creek Park in Dubai to take such gorgeous photographs.
The colourful flower beds in the park are spread all over the green grass. And it certainly offers a soothing view to the visitors. Be it for a picnic or a first date – the Creek Park is a superb destination at any hour of the day. Moreover, there is a promenade that rims the park which adds more to the beauty of the place.
- A dedicated barbeque area for picnic of some foodie people.
- The Children’s City, a specially designed space in the Creek Park to promote science-based activities among children.
- The Planetarium is another prominent attraction here.
Umm Hurair 2, Dubai
From Sunday to Wednesday, Creek Park remains open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. | From Thursday to Saturday, the park remains open from 8:00 am to 11:30 pm
The entry fee for adults and children (aged more than 2 years) is AED 5 | For children less than 2 years, there is no entry fee.
4. Dubai Miracle Garden
Flower is probably the best gift that nature has blessed us with! And to experience an ocean of colourful flowers, just take a dive into the Dubai Miracle Garden. Extended areas of flower bushes throughout the 72,000 square meters of the garden are so mesmeric that it becomes hard to leave this garden and going back home!
And once you are hungry after strolling through the flower gardens, you can go binge eating in some restaurants and food shops that are situated inside the park. The different varieties of exotic and seasonal flowers in the park are what makes this place outstanding and far better from the others.
- 3-dimensional floral designs
- World’s largest floral sculpture, the floral Emirates A380 airplane.
- The Disney Avenue Area, which showcases some oversized flowers imitating the popular Disney characters to draw tourists.
- Lake Homes, Umbrella Tunnel, Heart Passage, Smurfs Village, Floating Lady and many splendid floral arrangements to behold.
Al Barsha South, Dubai
Remember that Dubai Miracle Garden is a seasonal affair and this place is not open to visitors all year round. The timings mentioned below were fixed for the last season that ended on 15th May 2022.
Monday to Friday, from 9.00 AM – 9.00 PM | Saturday & Sunday, from 9.00 AM – 11.00 PM
You can expect similar timings once the garden opens its door for the next season around October 2022. Keep following their official website for the exact timings.
The entry fee is AED 55 for adults and AED 40 for children aged between 3 years and 12 years. For children less than 3 years old, there is no entry fee levied.
5. Al Mamzar Beach Park
Want to visit those filmy beaches lined by green meadows and that too right in Dubai? The Al Mamzar Beach Park in the city welcomes you to such beauty. You will get to enjoy the added beauty of a green park lining the coastline of the peninsula land. And this double-decked-up beauty is worth visiting!
Most of the people pouring here focus on the beaches. There are a total of five beaches in the park- four on the eastern side and one on the western side. Between the two sets of beaches, there is an extensive green lawn featuring trimmed and maintained grass, rimmed with palm trees.
- The sea on one hand and the green park on the other hand enhance the aesthetic vibe while you walk through the road between these two beauties.
- There is a dedicated area for barbequing, as this place is a top choice for picnic lovers and party planners.
Al Mamzar Beach Park Road, Al Mamzar, Dubai
The park opens at 8:00 am and closes for entry by 10:00 pm everyday.
The entry fee to the park is AED 5 per person for adults and children aged more than 2 years | Specially-abled people and children less than 2 years of age are exempted from paying any entry fee.
6. Burj Park
Amidst the rising heights of steel and glass in the city of Dubai, the Burj Park is a tint of green that uplifts the beauty of the heart of the city. Just like the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Opera House, and the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Park is considered a prominent face to attract tourists too in the locality.
Not only just tourists, but hundreds of local people also visit here each day to gain their expertise in photography in this park. Moreover, the views from the park are simply astonishing. Burj Park is so popular for the sweeping views, that most tourists who are planning to have a vacation in Dubai, keep an evening aside to visit Burj Park.
- You get to see the best possible view of the world’s tallest fountain, Dubai Fountain which is situated on the Burj Lake.
- Sculptures and art installations are done at every corner of the park to raise the aesthetic vibe of the park.
- Too many too good backgrounds for photography are the chief attractions at Burj Park.
- The park opens early in the morning and is a hotspot among morning walk goers.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Road, Downtown Dubai
The park opens at 6:30 am in the morning and closes by 8:00 pm in the evening.
Unlike most other parks in Dubai, there is no fee charged for entry to the Burj Park
7. Mushrif Park
Mushrif Park is situated along the right side of the city and has gained whopping popularity in the last few years. It covers 13 acres land and has multiple facilities for a wide range of activities. So, people of all ages can enjoy themselves here.
Some parts of the park are covered with dense trees, while some other parts are exclusively used for cycling. This park is a community spot itself because of the number of facilities it hosts and the varied age group of people that it caters to.
- Aventura, an unique tree top adventure, is situated at the northern side of the park.
- There are a number of public swimming pools, and one swimming pool for children.
- A school for learning horse riding is one of the chief attractions of the Mushrif Park.
- In the central part of the park, there is a model village that portrays architecture from all the parts of the world.
Al Khawaneej Street, Mushrif, Dubai
The park remains open for visitors from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.
The ticket price is AED 3, for people of all age groups.
8. Umm Suqeim Park
Right opposite Umm Suqeim Beach is a small but gorgeous park, the Umm Suqeim Park. Here people come for strolling or jogging in the morning as well as evening. The jogging trek is well lit after the sun goes down, and that makes it very popular among female trekkers.
The park has ample room for playing, and that makes it popular among the city children. There is also a small cafe inside the park from where you can get your drinks and snacks as soon as your tummy growls. There is also a provision of snack tables where you can organise and enjoy a picnic with your friends and family.
- The brightly lit jogging trek encourages people who remain busy throughout the day yet want to go for jogging after the sun sets.
- The cafe inside the park serves some world class delicacies at a reasonable price.
East Street, Jumeirah 3/Umm Suqeim, Dubai
The park remains open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.
There is no entry fee to the Umm Suqeim Park.
9. Quranic Park
The Quranic Park is one of the newly designed parks which is dedicated to the holy Quran. This park covers an area of 60 acres of land and allows people of all faith and ages to visit here. Since this is more of a family park, we recommend you wear decent dresses that don’t flash too much skin.
Inside the park, there is a man-made lake, Orchards and the exclusive Cave of Miracles. The park is beautifully decked with green plants and trees. Although new, the Quranic Park has gained much popularity among local people as well as tourists.
- The glasshouse displays a unique collection of plants that are mentioned in the Quran. This glass house is not only spiritually aesthetic but radiates beauty too.
- A food court is located inside the Quranic Park, and the food stalls serve traditional dishes.
Al Khawaneej, Al Khawaneej 1, Dubai
The park remains open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm from Saturday to Thursday | On Fridays, the park remains open from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
There is no entry fee to enter the Quranic Park but you need to pay an extra AED 5 to enter each Glass House and Cave of Miracles.
A patch is always a wonderful treat to your eyes and Dubai has got many of such “hidden gems” across the city. We are sure that you are now well aware of all those gems and where to find them. Enjoy your “green” time and cherish the blessing from Mother Nature right in the heart of glamorous Dubai.