Summer temperatures might top out at 50 degrees Celsius, but the winter months are perfect for taking advantage of the long sunny days.
Two of the best parks in the city have been sadly lost – Jumeirah Beach Park entirely and Safa Park partially– due to rampant construction and land reforming…but there are still a host of beautiful parks in the city that allow you to get some much needed peace and tranquillity.
Entry fees are usually very low at AED 2-5 per person and they’re generally open from 8am-10pm daily. Most will have cooking and picnic areas, but note that cooking pork and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Some parks also include running tracks, basketball courts, football and basketball pitches.
One of the largest and newest parks in the city is Za’abel Park located just off Sheikh Zayed Road near Karama. The park hosts the very popular Ripe Market every Friday during winter, and has an adventure playground, boating lake, picnic areas as well as the StarGate children’s entertainment zone.
Al Mamzar Beach Park, located on the Dubai/Sharjah border, is one of the oldest parks in the city. It has acres of open grassland, 5 beaches and a huge outdoor swimming pool, as well as BBQ pits, shops, changing rooms, bikes for hire and more. Entry is AED 5 per person and AED 40 per car.
Tip! Get there early on weekends and holidays as it can get very busy.
Other notable parks include Mushrif Park, Satwa Park, Al Barsha, Dubai Creek Park and the newly built Dubai Miracle Garden which also houses the popular Butterfly Garden.