Safa Park is a gorgeous and tranquil public open space area located on Dubai creek. The park is plotted right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city of Dubai, similar to the world famous central park in New York. However, once inside Safa Park you wouldn’t realise this apart from the towering sky scrapers around the distance which gives this place a unique feel anyway.
Many use the park as an escape from city life to take a walk or read a book. The boating lake offers a pleasant stroll to completely unwind from busy Dubai. Furthermore, Safa Park offers much more than this to it’s visitors; of which we have explored below.
Things to do at Safa Park
Take a Walk Around the Boating Lake
Water is a natural relaxant for most of us and a walk around the boating lake at Safa Park is sure to chill you out. You can take a stroll and admire the waterfall, stop by a bench and read a book or meet up with friends for a coffee.
Go for a Jog
Safa Park has a track and field track which runs the circumference of the area. This measures around 2.5km which is enough for a steady jog given how hot it usually is in Dubai most of the year!
Cycle Around Safa Park
If you fancy a bike ride you can hire a bike for a few hours from the Careem Cycle Station just on the edge of the park. The cost of this is just a few dirhams and provides something nice for the family to enjoy. Below is the location of where to hire the bikes at Safa Park.
Have a Game of Tennis
For the sports enthusiasts out there, Emirates have a tennis court here. Whether you are playing for fun and want to rent a court or you would like some lessons, Emirates Tennis can cater for all. The Emirates Tennis Academy hosts lessons for juniors and adults. They also have ladies mornings.
For more information on tennis at Safa Park you can check out the Emirates Tennis Academy website here.
Shoot Some Hoops at the Basketball Court
If you need something to wear out the kids whilst enjoying some active family time then bring a ball. Not only could you set up jumpers for goalposts on the field but you can shoot some hoops in the basketball court.
There are many static BBQ’s around the outside edge of the park which are free for use by the public. Pick a spot in the shade and enjoy some delicious BBQ food whilst taking in the views of Downtown Dubai and Dubai Creek.
Safa Park Play Area
Parks are meant for children to play right? Well at Safa Park there is a lovely little play area for the young ones to enjoy. It’s best to avoid Fridays if you can as it does get overcrowded.
If you’re looking for something else to entertain the kids then you could also rent a tandem go-kart. The karts hold up to 4 people and are available for a small fee.
Pedalo Along the Boating Lake
Pedalo’s are available to take out across the boating lake should you fancy a nice ride on the water.
Admire a Distant View of the Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is 3 miles away from Safa Park, although it feels so much closer due to the size of the building. Take a picnic and relax on the grass whilst admiring the Burj Khalifa and other amazing sky scrapers in the backdrop.
Be at One with Nature
When strolling around this park you will notice the many different types of animals that reside here. Walk close to the tree’s and bushes and you will see many different types of birds. Lizards are also very common here.
For real bird lovers, make sure you bring a camera to snap photos of the many Kingfisher and Parakeets too.
There are a few permanent football goals which are set up in the high-season. Parents take a picnic and let the kids run wild with the ball for a bit.
Visit the Fairground
The fairground at Safa Park is great entertainment for young children. There are rides such as bumper cars, a ferris wheel and a merry-go-round. All rides are reasonably priced.
Safa Park Map
Situated in between the busy Shiekh Zayed road and Dubai Creek, Safa Park is easy to access, bringing hundreds of visitors every day across the year.
Safa Park Ticket Fee
Entry to the park is just 3AED. Children two and under get in for free. Once inside the park activities such as renting a bike or a tennis court are also very reasonably priced.
The park is open 7 days a week. Sunday to Wednesday 8am to 11pm but Fridays and Saturdays see the gates stay open until 1130pm. Many of the locals will tell you that the gates are often left open after peak hours but the risk is up to you!
Tuesdays are ladies and children only. Men are not allowed into the park on this day.
How to Get to Safa Park
With the park being located in the heart of Dubai, access is easy. You can take a taxi here within minutes from some of the major tourist areas. However, the most efficient and cheapest way to reach Safa Park is by Metro.
Nearest Metro Station
Take the red line to Business Bay Metro Station which is less than 1 mile from the park. Just a 10 minute stroll from here will have you at your destination.
Restaurants Near Safa Park
Hadicat Al Safa
This cafe is situated inside the park and provides light refreshments such as sandwiches, sweets and coffee.
Lazeez Indian Restaurant
Indian food is my personal favourite. Whats more if you’re looking for an Indian Restaurant close to Safa Park then this is it. Located just a stones throw at the back of the park on Al Hadiqa road.
Next door to Lazeez there is a Subway for anyone craving their traditional foot-long sandwich. For me, Dubai has many amazing restaurants to explore rather than grabbing a Subway but the choice is yours.
Madeenat Hatay Turkish Restaurant
Moving further down Al Hadiqa road and next to Subway you will find Madeenat Hatay. This place comes with amazing reviews and is worth trying whether you’re in the area or not!
Next one along, Mamak serves up Malaysian cuisine at a very affordable price. This cosy little restaurant packs a punch for anyone who likes spice.
Wokyo Noodle Bar
To complete our world food tour (al of which are just across the street from Al Safa Park), we have an Asian Noodle Bar. This chic bar does eat in and take-away.
Al Wasl Road Restaurants
For those looking for something a little more substantial and who don’t mind a ten minute walk, head to Al Wasl Road.
- Qsetna Restaurant – Traditional Arabian Food at a Cafe Themed Location Available Between 8am and 11:30pm Daily
- Chez Sushi – A Funky Japanese Restaurant Serving the Best Sushi in the Area
- Chinese Kitchen – A Local Established Chinese Eatery Offering Sit in and Take-Away Food.
- Shay al Yoom – Located across from Al Wasl Road on Al Bailee Street, This Restaurant Offers Mouth-watering Meats from the Grill. Open 24 Hours.
Hotels Near Safa Park
- JW Marriott Marquis Hotel
- Habtoor Palace
- V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton
- Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
Overall, Safa Park offers plenty for a day out with the family. Furthermore, entry is cheap and so are the activities inside. Whether you are looking for a more cost effective day out in Dubai or just something different to the usual main-stream theme parks, Safa Park is worth a try.