Despite its tropical desert climate, Dubai has numerous green spaces and outdoor activities to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a scenic place to jog, picnic with friends and family or go fly a kite, there's a wealth of choices in this desert oasis.
Al Safa 2 Park
Located in a quiet, residential area of Al Safa this park is exclusively for women and children during the week and is a popular spot for play-dates, picnics and outdoor play. There is a mini basketball court as well as volleyball and football pitches. There are on-site toilet facilities and a food and drink kiosk. Al Safa 2 Park has generous parking facilities making it the perfect retreat for busy mums who just want to pack the kids into the car and spend a few hours in the sunshine.
Entrance to the park is free. Opening times are from 8am to 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 8am to 11.30pm on weekends. Although the park is open only to women and children during the week there are no restrictions at the weekend.
If you are looking for a unique way to prove your bravery and push your personal limits in Dubai then visit the Gravity Zone. The jumps take place outdoors in the Power Play Football Centre – opposite the Dubai Bowling Centre, interchange 2 off Sheik Zayed Road – exit 47. You can jump on your own or in a 'tandem' which could be good for couples or if you're just feeling in need of some support on the day. A bungee jump is also a great team-building opportunity, charity event or unforgettable experience for a group of friends. Gravity Zone is just a short 15 minute drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek.
Al Barsha Pond Park
When you live in a place like Dubai with great weather there are plenty of opportunities to break out of the sterile gym environment and get fit in the beautiful surroundings of Dubai's parks. The Al Barsha Pond Park is one of the new series of Pond Parks in Dubai with a man-made lake in the centre. The perimeter is laid out with jogging tracks, kiddie play parks and grassy areas perfect for picnics. You can even use the track for cycling, rollerblading or skating. There is also a good variety of gym equipment scattered around so you can get a full workout while breathing in fresh air.
Entrance to the park is free and is open from 8am until 11pm during the week and 11.30pm at weekends. You'll find it near the Emirates NBD bank.
Dubai Miracle Garden
If you love flowers with vibrant colours and feel-good perfumes then the Dubai Miracle Garden is a great place to visit with over 45 million blooms on display. The Dubai Miracle Garden is actually the world's biggest natural flower garden expected to attract over one million visitors a year once it's fully established. The garden is now in phase two of its construction with a newly opened butterfly garden, souvenir shop, aromatic plants garden and even an edible plants garden where you can pick your own food right off the tree to make a delicious vegetable or fruit salad. The garden has topiary style displays with flowers forming the shape of buildings, hearts and cars amongst others.
The Dubai Miracle Garden opens in October each year and allows public entry from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on weekends and public holidays. The entrance fee is 20Dhs for adults and children over the age of three.
The highlights of this quirky park are the miniature replicas of international houses. The kids will love exploring the windmill, German Hausbarn and Red Indian Teepee house. There is plenty to do in the Mushrif Park with the option to go for a camel or pony ride, visit the goats in the petting zoo, take a train ride or cool down in the swimming pool. There are desert palms all around the area providing welcome shade and with peacocks wandering around providing an additional exotic air this is the perfect place to go enjoy some Dubai park-life.
Entrance is 3 Dhs per person or 10 Dhs per car. The park is 15k out from the city centre on Dubai following the airport road.
The Woof Park is located among the many warehouses of the Al Quoz area of Dubai. This is the perfect place to bring your four-legged friends as many public parks do not allow pets. Woof offers day-care, boarding and grooming as well as a place for dogs, and dog owners, to socialise in the cool evenings. There are plans for movie nights and barbeques so keep an eye on the development of this dog park if you are looking for a place to socialise your pooch with like-minded animal lovers.
Your dog will need to be registered with Woof to take advantage of the park. Day-care costs start from 10 Dhs per hour.